Saturday, March 6, 2010



Metro Art Gallery hosts a one-man show, a retrospective of artist Fr Bill Moore SS.CC

POMONA, Calif., (March 5, 2010) - The Metro Art Gallery, 119 W. Second St., Pomona, CA will host a retrospective exhibition of noted artist Fr. Bill Moore Saturday, March 13, 2010 through Saturday, March 27, 2010. This exhibition will be his first one-man show presenting many of his signature images such as The Death of St. Francis, 1998, Sacred Hearts, 1980 and Remnants, 2009 – as well as many other artworks drawn from the artist’s archive. The show will feature over 60 of Moore’s paintings, tracing his full achievements from his early works to his mature works that he recently completed.

In 1975, Fr. Bill Moore was ordained a Catholic priest. He taught art and religious studies at Damien and Bishop Alemany High School. From 1990 through 1997 he served as Associate Pastor and Pastor at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas, CA. In 1998 Fr. Moore was assigned by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (SS.CC) to work full-time on Ministry of the Arts.
“Fr. Bill”, as he likes to be called, began working with little abstract paintings as a young boy. Today his works are often compared to those of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Fr. Bill approaches each new project with no specific plan. Working with acrylic paints, he lets his ideas flow spontaneously onto canvas, and then adds bits of metal, glass or other discarded materials to each painting to create a simple piece of artwork with deep autumnal colors and a rich surface texture that is ridged and rippled.
“The tactile nature of the work invites all who see it to explore not only with their eyes, but with their fingers and hands as well,” Fr. Bill says.
Despite their contemporary feel, his canvases have a timeless and spiritual quality that is almost mystical. His art expresses love for the physical world, which he believes can link us to the spiritual realms. Fr. Bill’s art is a reflection of his life and daily experiences. Much of what you’ll see at the Metro Art Gallery will be palettes taken from nature, church vestments, found objects acquired in his travels, the surface structure of old buildings, etc., that have been his source of inspiration.


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