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Lived/Active: New York/California / United Kingdom      Known for: coastal-town landscape easel and mural painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Frank Montague Moore was an Englishman who gained fame as a painter and muralist in Hawaii and California in the early part of the twentieth century.

Moore was born in Taunton, England in 1877 and studied at the Liverpool School of Art and the Royal Institute before immigrating to the U.S. in 1903. By 1910, he had established himself as a painter in New York where he studied with Henry Ward Ranger.

In 1922, Moore went to Hawaii where he opened a gallery, the Cross Roads Studio, in Honolulu.* In addition to his own and his contemporaries' work, he occasionally exhibited English and European master prints.

Perhaps his cosmopolitan view attracted the attention of the Cooke family, who were patrons and promoters of the arts in Honolulu at the time. In any event, they chose him to be the first director of the Honolulu Museum of Art in 1925. His first act was to change the name of the museum to the Honolulu Academy of the Arts, to reflect its mission as an educational institution as well. Ironically, Moore resigned from his position in 1927, before the Academy building was completed.

Not just an administrator, Moore was a painter noted for his use of color and his moon light scenes. He did a series of murals of moonlit seascapes for the Blaisdell Hotel in Honolulu, and exhibited several paintings with similar themes in Maui in 1923. Maui was a magnet for Moore; he traveled there several years in a row both to exhibit and to sketch for future paintings.

After many years in Hawaii, Moore moved to California in 1928. Upon settling there, he was commissioned to do forty-one scenes of California for the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. He worked in both Pasadena and San Francisco before moving to Carmel and becoming a specialist at portraying the rugged beauty of the Monterey Peninsula coast.

Moore died in Carmel in 1967.

*Some sources state Moore moved to Hawaii in 1910, and worked first as a purchasing agent for Hawaiian plantations.

Sources include: WWAA; Forbes: Encounters With Paradise; Hughes: Artists in California 1786-1940.

Submitted By Sarah Nelson
Douglas Frazer Fine Art, Ltd.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Taunton, England on Nov. 24, 1877. Moore studied at the Liverpool Art School and Royal Institute. In 1903 he immigrated to America and further studied with Henry Ward Ranger. By 1910 he was an established artist in NYC; in that year moved to Hawaii where he was purchasing agent for Hawaii Plantations and later served as director of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. In 1928 he sailed for California and worked briefly in Pasadena where he painted the Picture Bridge, a series of 41 murals in the Huntington Hotel. After a few months in San Francisco, he settled on the Monterey Peninsula. There he specialized in poetic depictions of the coast and other local scenery. Moore died in Carmel, CA on March 5, 1967. Member: Salmagundi Club; NY WC Club; AFA; Pasadena Society of Artists. Exh: Calif. WC Society, 1928; Nicholson Gallery (Pasadena), 1928; CGA; PAFA; St Louis Museum; GGIE, 1939; LACMA, 1942; Salmagundi Club, 1943; Santa Cruz, 1944; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1944 (1st prize and Logan medal); Carmel AA, 1945-46; NAD. In: Orange Co. (CA) Museum; USMC Headquarters (SF); Auckland (NZ) Museum; Honolulu Academy of Art.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1919-33; Who's Who in American Art 1936-62; Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); WW in the West, 1954; Yesterday's Artists on the Monterey Peninsula; Art & Artists on the Monterey Peninsula; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Death record.
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