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JACKSON, Wyo. — New paintings from artist Robert Moore are on display until June 18 at Altamira with an artist reception tomorrow, June 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

In his new work, Moore explores the duality of nature. After setting a foundation of masses and progressions based on natural order, he embraces the freedom of tonal juxtaposition and intrusion.

“I’m not working with a mass of foliage or leaves,” Moore said. “As long as I abide by an order to the colors and the light source and by the foundation of linking masses, I experience a freedom of expression akin to the delight of what happens out in creation when you see variety everywhere you look. The shapes become dynamic and the color feels like frosting.”

Cool Aspen, oil on canvas. Photo: Art by Robert Moore

His new work at Altamira, on view June 7-18, includes several large vertical scenes. “With these large-scale paintings I have chosen to focus on fewer elements. This allows me to simplify the composition and concentrate on the color harmonies within the value masses,” he said.

With each painting, Moore decides what season he wants to evoke, unfettered by palette according to his experience of being colorblind. “It’s all about the shapes and the abstract qualities of the reference image. I’m looking at a shape with a major and a minor component that has a certain relationship with the background. The arrangement of those dark and light masses is the foundation. Once I have the foundation, I can start the fun part—the building of color layers,” Moore said.

When approaching winter, Moore hones in on neutrals and their stepping. He said, “I see how far I can push pieces of intensity within those masses and still achieve winter’s wonderful sense of restraint. In contrast, fall is pedal to the metal and I can celebrate that intensity of hues.”

Here Comes the Sun, oil on canvas. Photo: Art by Robert Moore

Moore also takes his own reference photos, another outlet for his artistic expression.

“I love opening my photographs in Photoshop, zooming in on the pixels and the thousands of different progressions of color, finding the strangers that interrupt the flow and surprise me with discord. No matter the tint of the sunglasses you wear, your eyes recognize the order of nature as beautiful,” Moore said.

For more information about Moore and his new work, please contact Altamira Fine Art by email or phone, (307) 739-4700.