Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bogota Painter William K. Moore

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:51 am

William K. Moore
William K. Moore appears to live with a foot, and brush, in two worlds. Originally from Los Angeles, he has spent many years living in Bogota, Columbia and chronicling both cities in photographs and paintings.

His primary blog, Bogota Painter William K. Moore, is set up as a “painting a day” blog. In it he concentrates on paintings of the people living in the center of Bogota. He has a particular affection for those on whom financial fortune has not smiled, but who manage to find their way through life with a strength of character that Moore attempts to capture in paint.

Moore works in a variety of media, occasionally oil and acrylic, but most often watercolor and gouache. Occasionally he will list an interesting media mix like “watercolor and grime”. The area of the city he captures most often is an industrial section that provides lots of rough and gritty buildings and objects as backgrounds for his portraits.

He briefly gives the story of his interaction with his subjects, how he often works out some kind of payment in exchange for permission to photograph them, and sometimes describes their circumstances, creating in the process a visual and verbal picture of a city unknown to most Americans.

He also mixes in paintings of his native Los Angeles, which provide an interesting contrast to life in Bogota.

There is a gallery of Moore’s work assembled on the Daily Painters Gallery. He also maintains a Spanish language blog presence in Bogota, Bogotá según William Moore, and a blog of Bogota Documentary Photos.

6 comments for Bogota Painter William K. Moore »

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  1. Comment by Jose
    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 @ 2:29 pm


    Its spelled Bogota, Colombia.


  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    Corrected. Thanks.

  3. Comment by Nick
    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Thanks for highlighting this great artist who has found (or created) a unique niche…not only are his paintings a wonderful (and at times frightening, or disquieting) glimpse into the REAL world, the accompanying narratives make his blog the one I make a point never to miss. He can also tear it up in oil, plein air…W.K. Moore is one of the coolest buzz names in the art world right now, he’s totally boss!

  4. Comment by Stephen Worth
    Monday, August 27, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

    Bill’s a great guy too. He drops by the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive to watch Terrytoons all the time. Super talented.

    See ya

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, August 28, 2007 @ 10:29 am

    Nick, Thanks for the comments. I agree, his work is an illuminating combination of beauty and disquieting images.

  6. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, August 28, 2007 @ 10:31 am

    Steven, Thanks for that insight.

    Other readers who have not visited Steven Worth’s astonishing ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive should do so immediatlely.

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