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Forrest Lee Moses

 (Born 1934)
Forrest Lee Moses is active/lives in New Mexico.  Forrest Moses is known for modernist-leaning landscape painting, monotype.

Forrest Lee Moses

Biography from Edenhurst Gallery

A passion for traveling and shooting landscape photography fuels the paintings and monotypes by Santa Fe-based artist Forrest Moses.  Born 1934 in Virginia, he earned his BFA from Washington and Lee University in 1956 and served as a naval officer in the Philippines, Japan, and other Far East destinations, which had a strong visual and philosophical influence on him.

He discovered art and architecture the year he spent in Europe and formalized his education in graduate school at Pratt Institute in New York.  Moses designed interiors, furniture, and ceramics in Houston before turning to full-time painting.  In 1965 he moved to the Monterey Peninsula in California, an area rich with rollicking hills, crashing waves, hushed forests, and a peaceful nature — perfect for his preferred isolation and routine.

Painting became Moses' exercise in contemplating of nature and unfolding truth by observation.  His emphasis on land and sea teetered on their fragile line of meeting.
Seeking a place in the sun, he relocated to Santa Fe, N.M., where he has been working since 1969.

Moses' resumé includes more than 40 solo exhibitions at galleries, universities, and museums in Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Denver, Albuquerque, Austin, and abroad. He also has participated in numerous group and invitational shows, lectured and taught, and engaged in printmaking.

Moses records with a camera and translates images into works in oil, monotype and watercolor.  He is also well known for floral images of Iris and figure drawings.
His recent landscape monotypes tap the same subject as the larger, more formal oil paintings.  Looser in line and color, the monotypes are less objective but retain image identity.  In this process, he brushes, pushes, wipes, scratches, thins, and otherwise manipulates etching ink on a Plexiglas plate and creates one unique image from each transfer of the ink to paper on a large etching press. Moses uses the monotype to interpret land images as well as flower and figure.  All works are untitled.  Moses' work is held in private, public, and corporate collections worldwide.

Solo Exhibitions

1961 Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.
1972 Wichita Falls Museum & Art Center, Texas
Museum of Fine Arts, Danville, Va.
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.
Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.
1980 The Art Center, Waco, Texas
Watson/de Nagy & Company
1981 Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, S.C.
1984 St. John's College, Santa Fe, N.M.
Peregrine Press, Dallas, Texas
Sheldon Memorial Museum, Gallery, Lincoln, Neb.

Selected Group Exhibitions

1961 Pratt Institute, New York, N.Y.
1964 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas
1966 Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, Calif.
1972 Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.
1974 Wichita Falls Museum & Art Center, Texas
Tyler Museum, Tyler, Texas
Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas
Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas
Twelve from New Mexico, traveling exhibition, Abilene Fine Arts Museum, Abilene, Texas
1975 Contemporary Landscape Painting, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
1976 Roswell Museum, Roswell, N.M.
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.
Arco Center for Visual Arts, Los Angeles
1978 The Landscape: Different Points of View, Wave Hill, New York, N.Y.
1979 Art of Paper, '79, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, N.C.
1980 New York Realists '80, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkhill, N.Y.
Monotypes, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1981 University of Houston, Texas
San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas
1982 Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Neb.
1983 Spiva Art Center, Joplin, Mo.
Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas
Sioux City Arts Center, Sioux City, Iowa
Abilene Fine Arts Museum
Connecticut College, New London, Conn.
American Artists as Printmakers, 23rd National Print Invitational Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N,Y,
1984 Contemporary Western Landscape, Museum of Art of the American West, Houston, Texas
Contemporary American Monotypes, Egyp Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Va.
1987 Paper Works II, McNay Art Museum, Austin, Texas
1991 Art Dumonde, Tokyo, Japan
Crane Art, Ikebukuro and Tokyo, Japan
Galerie Miyabe, Fukuoka, Japan
Crane Art, Nagoya, Japan
Galerie Miyabe, Okinawa, Japan
World Collection, Yokohama, Japan
Damian Art, Sapporo and Tokyo, Japan
1992-94 Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Japan (traveling exhibit)

Biography from LewAllen Galleries
Biography photo for Forrest Lee Moses
With paintings, Forrest Moses intends to bring the experience of nature's rich colors and rhythmic vitality to his vibrant oils on canvas and to convey the intimate experience of place rather than simply a likeness.

Painting nature, for Moses, is a spiritual practice.  He has written that truth, "or perhaps it is best to say, my truth unfolds by meditation on the land.... My work is to discover nature's truth and give life to a painted image by understanding the rhythms and pulses behind appearances."

Moses has lately drawn his inspiration from wetlands, which he regards as that nearly sacred, liminal space at the boundaries of land and water.  With lush, expressionistic oil paintings, he strives to capture the tumble of rocks and water in streambeds and the dancing reflections of grasses, tree canopies, clouds and sky in woodland ponds and pools, in vibrant color harmonies and gestural expressiveness.  His more reticent, meditative monotypes are directed to evoke the quiet stillness of watery regions with subdued palette.

With his monotypes, Moses aims for an unassuming, simple beauty and zen-like serenity that recalls the Japanese aesthetic of shibui.  To create these works on paper, he brushes or pours etching ink onto an acrylic plate, then wipes, pushes, scratches, thins or otherwise manipulates the ink before passing the plate through a press.  The result is a unique, non-reproducible image with surface patterns and textures that are not completely predictable.  He must approach the medium collaboratively, relaxed and open to discovery.

Moses was born in 1934 in Danville, Virginia.  He holds a bachelor's in fine art from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and spent two years at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn studying design and architecture.  His life and work were profoundly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic he encountered during three years of naval service in the Far East.

For the past forty years his work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in national and international museums, including the World Collection, Yokohama, Japan; Pratt Institute, New York; Art Dumonde, Tokyo; and Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe. Corporate collections include Citibank, Hilton Hotel and IBM.  His monograph, Forrest Moses, produced in 2001 is a full-color presentation of his modern landscape painting.

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About  Forrest Lee Moses

Born:  1934 - Danville, Virginia
Known for:  modernist-leaning landscape painting, monotype