(American, b. 1949)
Father Bill Moore and his modern artwork have been publicized in the New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe and on ABC News. Since 2000, Father Bill’s abstract paintings have been featured in over 40 national and international art exhibitions. His abstract art can also be viewed in the permanent collections of the Singleton Bliss Museum in Santa Fe, NM and the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX.
My childhood was shaped by the fact that my father was a combat veteran of World War II. After his war time service, and subsequent return home from combat, my mother always said that my father had changed. He was still a kind and gentle man, however after the war my father soon sought refuge in places that he found to be peaceful and beautiful. Without a doubt, the deserts of Southern California were those places. And those outings with my father shaped much of my art career. In the desert, we sought out rocks and formations of the earth to discuss what we had seen. Many people find the desert to be dry and riddled with death, however, I found the colors to be more alive than any city I had ever visited. Red Iron Oxide is found in many parts of the Mojave Desert and this the color of rust is for me a color of life.
My love of found objects was also born in the desert. I would collect anything that struck me as vital and bring it home with me. Many years later I began to include a found object in each of my paintings. After I graduated with degrees in both Fine Art and Theology, the idea of using these found objects as a point of redemption came alive. I love taking items from the desert or the streets of Los Angeles and incorporating them into my artwork. Even if the objects are so subtle that the viewer may not even see them, they create an energy in the piece that aligns itself with my faith and my theory that all things can be redeemed. I also love textures to exist in my work, and I often encourage viewers to touch my paintings, because the oil of human hands makes the plastics in the acrylics that I use that much more human. And when you can touch artwork, you develop a viewpoint rarely accessible in the modern art world.
When I began to paint and create my art, I did not know where I was headed as an artist. Yet what remained important to me was that I was beginning my calling as a painter. After I began painting and working as a Priest, the idea came to me to create works that could benefit the members of my community. It always seemed to me that the public was constantly being asked to support either museums, or other cultural institutions. So I decided to take that theory and turn it on its head and use my art to support my community. I do not receive payments for my art, all the monies go directly to my congregation to help others in need.
My art has made me a better priest, and my faith has made me a better artist. We live in hurried times and are inundated with countless images. We have the capacity to immediately access a staggering wealth of information. Through my art, I am asking myself and those that would explore it, to slow down, look, touch and consider the essential colors, shapes and textures that can feed our souls.
1975 Master’s Degree in Theology, Washington Theological Coalition
1972 Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, Saint Mary’s University, Winona, Minnesota
1998 Present Ministry of the Arts
1994 1997 Pastor, Holy Name of Mary Church, San Dimas, CA
1990 1994 Associate Pastor, Holy Name of Mary Church, San Dimas, CA
1979 1990 Educator of Art and Religious Studies, Alemany High School, Mission Hills, CA
1975 1979 Educator of Art and Religious Studies, Damien High School, La Verne, CA
1975 Ordained a Catholic Priest
2011 Singleton Biss Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2011 Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, Texas
2016 State of the Arts Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
2016 Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2016 Chaffey Community Museum of Art, "Expressions” Ontario, CA
2015 State of the Art Gallery, Sarasota, Fla.
2015 Avran Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.
2014 The Passdoor, Sebastopol CA
2013 "Embracing the Cross," Square i Gallery, Claremont, Ca.
2013 Masters Gallery, Vail, Co.
2013 Futures Collide Pomona, Ca. (solo show)
2013 Main Street Gallery Pomona, Ca.
2012 Galerie Zuger Santa Fe, N.M.
2011 Gallery at The Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village, CA
2011 Galerie Zuger, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009 Art Cube, Laguna Beach, CA
2009 Galerie Zuger, Santa Fe, New Mexico (with Gib Singleton)
2009 Paia Contemporary, Maui,HI
2009 Art Projects, Laguna Beach, CA (with William Catling)
2008 DA Art Center, Pomona, CA
2008 Bunny Gunner, Pomona, CA
2008 Square I Gallery, Claremont, CA (solo)
2007 Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA (solo)
2007 Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, CA (solo)
2007 William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2006 Gallery 33 East, Long Beach, CA
2006 San Diego Arts Institute, Regional Juried Exhibition, San Diego, CA
2006 Landis Art Center, Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA
2006 Attleboro Arts Museum, Juried Exhibition, Attleboro, MA
2005 Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2005 Pitzer College, Claremont, CA (solo)
2004 Claremont Community Foundation, Claremont, CA (solo)
2004 Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA (solo)
2004 Latino Arts Museum, Pomona, CA
2002 Valyermo Fall Festival, St. Andrews Abbey, Valyermo, CA
2001 Don O’Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2001 Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA (solo)
2000 Don O’Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood, CA (solo)
2000 Elizabeth Edwards Gallery, Palm Desert, CA (solo)
2000 Elizabeth Edwards Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (solo)