Only several moments after he has begun creating an artwork, Moore seeks or senses signs and designs in the specific piece that guide him toward a particular theme, subject, idea, message, vision or outcome. Only thereafter does he begin to feel a definitive flow that pushes him toward completion. Usually his pieces are completed within the hour or day they were started, and sometimes are finished over several days.
The estate of Dennis Moore retains full copyrights to all of his artworks. All artworks conceived and created by Dennis Moore are intended as and are strictly original one of a kind art productions, and are not to be duplicated or replicated for further sale, trade or display by any persons or entities other than Mr. Moore or his legal heirs. Mr. Moore, and his legal heirs, also retain exclusive rights to any potential and all future reproductions, replications or displays of his artworks in any form or fashion of printed, structural, electronic, digital, non-original media, or performances. Non-profit entities can obtain special permissions in writing.
Specific rights to any exhibition of Dennis Moore's art is retained by the owner only after permissible venues or structures are sanctioned in writing by Mr. Moore or his legal heirs. To arrange a private viewing and purchase of Mr. Moore's art, a private painting session, or art lessons, he can be reached directly by e-mail (dm@HarlemColors.com) or 9 a.m. 9 p.m. EDT by telephone (212.603.9759 USA Country Code 001).
Dennis Moore Teaches Art:
The course includes production techniques, global art histories, marketing strategies, and getting fully paid. All lessons are taught (in-studio, on-site or online) based on a very rigorous curriculum of free expression, artistic improvisation methods, critical thinking concept development, and career path planning. Lessons are priced on a minimum 1-hour basis, and an income-based sliding fee scale. Applicants are responsible for brushes, tools and supports. All paints and mediums are provided free. Only truly serious applicants will be considered during the 2011-2012 instructional period after a telephone consultation. No art portfolio is required. Call Moore at 212.603.9759.
When and why would a very busy publisher and media professional have time and a deep passion for creating abstract art? Whether it's abstracts, portraiture or sculptured paintings, the artworks of Dennis Moore are rooted in the view that his art and techniques must have a spontaneous flow as he creates. He sees his self-invented art genre, "Flowism," as a direct extension of his military background where tactical improvisation was critical. "It's a personal art technique and style flowing from a virtual, unlimited and unknown path of spontaneous senses, concepts, thoughts, emotions, and spirits" as he begins creating art. Self-taught, Moore never has a preconceived idea as he begins to paint, sculpt, or create a mural. "I just let it flow. Without art, and the sense of spontaneity I have in approaching it, I would go through life mostly off my axis and spiritually on my ass — no amount of professional or business successes matches the spiritual balance that art gives me." Moore's diverse artworks reflect it.
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Sometimes his artistic flow takes him down an abstract or whimsical path. Other times the subject is purposeful and slower when it comes to a specific portraiture project. Anatomical, nude and portraiture artworks are periodically pursued for the artistic challenge to Moore's usual "spontaneous flow" of painting and paint sculpting. "I have to slow my rhythm and heart rate just to make the dabs and strokes that best reveal the person's inner spirit, true shape, skin tone and texture." He adds, "I see truer perfection in shapes that are imperfect as seen on everyday people." Moore emphasizes, "I prefer subjects that aren't like so-called models, because that's not the reality of 99% of people on Earth."
Acrylic and tempera paints with acrylic mediums are preferred, as they allow him to work in "the spontaneous flow of the moment," he explains. "You have to work relatively fast with acrylics and tempera due to faster drying speeds and sculpting flexibility. Yet, these qualities complement the spontaneity I feel in my work," as seen in his variety of art pieces.
Well traveled globally and having lived in various cities for work, the U.S. military, federal agencies, and his extended family or professional associates, Moore was born and raised in New York City's Harlem where he currently resides. In the past he has also designed diverse graphics, logos, architectural drawings and paintings since age 11. Along with artist Kandinsky, Moore's influences are African, Italian and Korean art, with the rhythms, improvisations, emotions, and melodies of African American music genres most specifically Jazz, Jazz-Funk and Neo Soul styles including the musical and artistic kinetics of African American basketball players, best depicted by reknown artist Ernie Barnes. Moore adds, "There is a richness within global Black cultures that we have yet to fully scratch the surface in presenting art." He regularly explores the correlations within the diverse cultures of the African diaspora across Africa, the Americas, Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, South Asia, and Harlem through abstracts, symbolism and anatomical art. "We're more culturally connected than not," he adds.
"In my core I have a strong business-like and organizational sensibility about getting things done, art and its spirituality provide a major balance and sanctuary," Moore notes. "I just allow it all to flow from within me." He adds, "What comes from within defines you, and your art — mostly, I want people to see my art and leave with a purer feeling or thought that leads them to what's positive or insightful within themselves."
"I believe art is that underused part of our genes God designed for us as a fail-safe from the stress and 'dis-ease' we create in our lives."
Lastly, one of Moore's pet peeves is the perception by too many men and women (particularly Blacks) that they are not worthy of being the subject of an actual painted portrait. "It genuinely annoys me as a painter that many choose to pay for an overpriced and typically cheesy seen-one-seen-them-all color studio photograph rather than consider a painting." He emphasizes, "Only fine art paintings validate a special dignity and pride in one's self image that will last for centuries." Moore knows of painters and sculptors who are happy to create portraits for low or no cost just for the opportunity to practice and promote their craft. He adds, "It doesn't require sitting for hours when portraits can be done from a photo or 10-minute color sketch as a reference posing for hours and over-paying for a portrait is wasteful and unnecessary."
"Artistically, photographs simply can't compete with a fine art painting or sculpture, and don't compare when it's actually a machine and software creating visual magic," he continues. "I feel too many women of color in particular forget they have a genuine regal nature, range of hues, and unique shapes that only fine art captures best." Moore tells people, "Let me paint the inner you."
Though Moore is passionate and meticulous even in teaching art, he is probably fortunate being an untrained fine artist as he paints, mixes and "sculpt colors." His "Flowism" enables him to envision across, or merge, various styles and methods without restriction. "I particularly admire numerous 19th though early 20th century French artists that created beyond the conventions and criticisms of their time." Although he affirms to be greatly inspired by Romare Bearden, Lois Mailou Jones, and other artisans of the 1920s-40s 'Harlem Renaissance' period, Moore emphasizes his greatest artistic influence is Wassily Kandinsky.
Though Monet, Miro, Matisse, Modigliani, Klee and Kirchner are among his favorite artists, Kandinsky's concepts in the development of the abstract art genre touches the root of why Moore views painting as a "spiritual experience emanating from my inner universe." He calls Kandinsky an "art prophet." "Self-respecting abstract artists should own Kandinsky's 'Concerning the Spiritual In Art' and 'Point and Line to Plane' as must-read books." Written nearly a century ago, he emphasizes, "They will greatly help take you beyond the box of what's hyped or pretentiously passes as art these days."
Moore emphasizes, "Art has a real soul that must be displayed and emphasized by the artist," an idea linked to his contemporary Afrocentric artistic roots and a truly deep admiration for Kandinsky's spiritual concepts, as well as centuries of French art culture.
Using internet media tools generate new vitality for art networking. Perhaps in the spirits of Bearden, Jones and Kandinsky, Moore joins an expanding breed of artistic Harlemites (younger and older) avoiding what many of them allege as the "artistic anemia" plaguing the broader and traditional arts scene in New York. More to the point, as warned at one spring day artist gathering in one of Harlem's favorite hangouts, Saint Nicholas Park, "We must not get sucked-up in the creative compost of commercialized arts culture — or we're finished growing as artists." As with generations of past artists, there's a deep concern about artistic integrity and innovation versus the compromises of 'making it' in the art world.
Displayed here is a very small sample of Dennis Moore's Flowism fine art style. For buyer confidentiality and integrity, the titles and size of each art piece are anonymous by agreement between the artisan and owner.
To retain his artistic integrity and production authenticity, all of Moore's art creations are strictly original one of a kind productions, and are purposely never duplicated for further sale, trade or display.