Firebird

 

"Firebird"

Oil on canvas

651mm x 522mm

Private collection: L. Churchill


A while ago Judith and I went over to spend Christmas with friends of ours in L A. I had a purpose in mind, as part of the trip, to go into a place called Monument Valley. The geographical features of this area are very interesting and are formed through thousands of years of natural erosion by wind and water. Located in Utah, on Navajo land, Monument Valley was made famous by John Wayne in his early Westerns. There is a museum, at the nearby Goulding's Lodge where we stayed, which has photos and artefacts from those early black and white movies.

Places like these fascinate me because they have such vast and prehistoric qualities about them, and so we were up before the dawn in the high desert winter air to get the shots which form the basis of this painting.

The person who commissioned this painting is a long-term collector of my work. I recalled him telling me of a photo he had seen, of a painting which hung in a Sydney art gallery, and which for years had inspired him to get something similar done for himself. It was of a Phoenix rising and emerging from the clouds with the sun shining through from behind. I have always been interested in doing some surreal work, so I asked him if he would be interested in commissioning my own composition of the idea. Because the photo for the original inspiration had been mislaid at the time, I had not seen what this painting actually looked like and so painted mine both from the client's description and my own interpretation. In Mr. Churchill's own words he is "more than happy" with the result.

Brian Moore
PO Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand

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Viewfromthepillars

 

"View From The Pillars After The Storm"
(Whirinaki Forest)

Oil on canvas
1040mm x 830mm

Private collection: R Cyca


 
This is my third picture of Whirinaki, a Forest Park area adjacent to what was then Uruwera National Park. The first work was a pen & ink drawing in tiny dots, which was released as a limited edition. The second was another oil painting on canvas.

To get the reference photographs I needed, I went tramping around the forest for a couple of days with a young ranger from the park centre,

The client had a love of the bush and had spent a great deal of time in Whirinaki himself.

Large parts of the park remain covered in native forest featuring rimu, totara, kahikatea, matai and miro.

 

Brian Moore
P0 Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand


Phone: 09 427 5728 
International calls: +64 9 427 5728

 

Gull

 

"Gull"

Oil on canvas
813mm x 571mm (32in x 22 1/2in)

Private collection: C Reid

 

Many years ago when Judith and I were doing a trip to the South Island we took the Picton Ferry to cross Cook Strait. Not far out to sea from the heads of Wellington Harbour, this magnificent black-backed gull parked itself in the air only a couple of metres out from and slightly above the main deck railing where Judith and I were taking in the view.

Fortunately I had my camera with me and was able to capture this wonderful image which I find so reminiscent of Star Trek's famous Starship Enterprise.

 

 

Brian Moore
P0 Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand


Phone: 09 427 5728 
International calls: +64 9 427 5728

 

Workinghorses

 

"Working Horses"

Oil on canvas

1000mm x 755mm (39 3/8in x 29 3/4in)

Private collection: P and R Krishnan

 


The Clydesdale, the best known of British breeds of draught horses, originated in the Clyde Valley in Scotland in the seventeenth century, and was brought to Otago, New Zealand in the very early days of European settlement there.

George and Vivien Simmons, well-known NZ Clydesdale breeders at "Ashburn" in Gordonton, Waikato provided the two mares for this study. Ashburn "Kathleen" is on the left at 17 1/2 hands and on the right at 16 1/2 hands is Ashburn "Keri".

"Working Horses" is based on a pen and ink drawing by the same title that I did originally for a series of studies depicting early New Zealand Colonial Life.

 

Working Horses thumb

 

Brian Moore
P0 Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand


Phone: 09 427 5728 
International calls: +64 9 427 5728

 

Swannbeachinframe

 

"Swann Beach"
(Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland)

Oil on canvas
880mm x 660mm

Private collection: R & B Clarke

 

Swann Beach is a small cove about halfway up the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

We made our family home there for 13 years, with this little bit of shoreline at the bottom of the garden.

 

Brian Moore
P0 Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand


Phone: 09 427 5728 
International calls: +64 9 427 5728