Thursday, June 30, 2016

Upcoming OU-C exhibit to feature work of local artist Richard Moore

“Naturally Situated,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Richard Moore, will be displayed in the Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Art Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe from July 8 through Aug. 30. The artist will be present at an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 8 in the gallery.

The upcoming exhibit will include approximately 40 oil paintings.

Moore, a native of Ross County, studied telecommunications at Ohio University and art at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Much of his artistic expression is influenced by this region. According to his biography, Moore’s oil paintings depict the beauty of the southern Ohio landscape. “I believe the area is as beautiful as nature has to offer. When I take in the landscape, I find no lack of subjects for my art. A great deal of the subject matter takes on a very personal affection largely because I have always lived here,” he says.

He also has an appreciation for the region’s history and heritage.

“I'm constantly reminded of the area’s past. I search the roads outside of town for structures among the cultivated land. I find buildings of utility—isolated and solitary, while others are compounded, continuing to grow over the years,” Moore says in his artist statement for the upcoming exhibit “I consider their relationship with the surroundings. I wonder what stories they could tell. I study the familiar, the worn and aged, the naturally situated. When I stumble upon scenes that move me, it's sometimes clear and exciting, while others I ponder with a curiosity. From season to season, nature gives me something different to see.”

“With my painting, I aspire to capture time, to tell a story, and leave it with soul.”

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