Meet the Artists Reception
Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | FREE
Artist Talk + Gallery Tour
Saturday, September 7 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | FREE
Captivating the eye and the imagination, Craig Moran’s paintings use exuberant colors and a whirlwind of energetic shapes to evoke elements of the natural world and portraiture in a dynamic flattened space. Before the Washington, DC artist puts brush to canvas, he spends time cutting out forms from a variety of source material — street art, photographs, old paintings, decorative papers, and nature books — which he then collages into the basis for the compositions that will dominate his abstract oil paintings. In the process of making the 10 paintings on view in his solo exhibition entitled Spaced Out, Moran adds extra steps by photographing the manually assembled collages and then further manipulating the arrangement using computer image editing software. When he is pleased with the digital improvements that allow him to boost the tension between shapes and carefully adjust color relationships, the artist finally sets out oil paints, picks up a brush and begins to translate his abstractions onto canvas. Moran earned his BA in English and Studio Art from the University of Virginia and a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He maintains a studio in the Takoma Park neighborhood of Washington, DC and has shown his work regionally and nationally, with recent solo exhibits at Greater Reston Arts Center (Reston, VA), Foundry Gallery (Washington, DC) and Artworks Gallery (Bethesda, MD).
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Craig Moran was born in Washington, DC and received his BA in English and Studio Art from the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, VA. He received a fifth-year Arts Fellowship at UVA, and went on to complete a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (SAIC). Moran has presented solo exhibitions of his work at Foundry Gallery (Washington, DC) and Artworks Gallery (Bethesda, MD). His work has been included in group exhibits at Limner Gallery (Hudson, NY), Greater Reston Art Center (Reston, VA), Art House (Chicago, Illinois), and Porter Mill Gallery (Beverly, Massachusetts). Moran, who currently resides in Washington, DC, has also lived in San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL and various parts of Virginia. He currently maintains a studio in the Takoma Park neighborhood of Washington, DC.
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