April 25, 2010

Finding Moore in Maine

After living in art capitals and gaining international renown by age 30, designer and painter Matt Moore decides Portland is the place for him to work.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Matt Moore with one of his geometric, spray-painted designs at his “Crystals & Lasers” exhibition in Paris in February.

Courtesy of Matthew W. Moore

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Moore works on one of his “vectorfunk” designs in Paris. Recently he also painted a mural in New York City sponsored by Ray-Ban sunglasses. His work will be shown at Fore River Gallery in Portland beginning May 7.

Courtesy of Matthew W. Moore

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WHAT: “Geometry Grandiose” by Matthew W. Moore

WHERE: Fore River Gallery, 613 Congress St., Portland

WHEN: May 7-31, with a preview at 5 p.m. May 6 and a First Friday Art Walk opening 6 to 9 p.m. May 7

HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

INFORMATION: 791-2723 or www.forerivergallery.com, or for more about Moore, mwmgraphics.com

"We're really pleased that he's exhibiting here. He's not an emerging artist anymore. He's emerged. He has shown all over the world."

Because he works for himself, Moore has the freedom to think on his own and take risks without obligating others.

"Inspiration and drive come in waves. If I am not feeling it, I can go shoot baskets for two hours or go for a bike ride and then come back and work," he says.

For his upcoming exhibition at Fore River Gallery, Moore will show what he calls "an eccentric mix of leftovers," although he quickly adds that the word "leftovers" may connote the wrong image.

The work at Fore River will include pieces he completed during extended residencies in Barcelona, Paris, Sao Paolo and London, as well as work from various periods of his young career, each completed with different tools and supplies.

There will be spray-painted paintings, cutouts that he calls "Matthew Scissorshands," watercolors and other works. He also plans a vectorfunk design on the gallery's front window.

Moore grew up in suburban Boston, and fell in love with Maine as a youngster. His folks vacationed in Maine regularly, in Wells. He lived the nomadic life of an art student for many years, attending Savannah College of Art in Georgia and Rhode Island School of Design in Providence before enrolling at MECA.

He's happy to be back in Maine, and glad he has finally given in to the realization that Portland is the kind of place where he can put down roots.

"For my whole life, I've had this really good feeling about Maine," he says.

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or at:



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Matt Moore creates pieces for his recent exhibition in Paris. He said, “I am always cross-pollinating ideas from one medium to another.”

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One of Moore's pieces from the Paris show.

Courtesy of Matthew W. Moore


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