Welcome to figure work by Finela Moore
2006 & 2007 & beyond....
"Dream of a sleeping dancer"
"A Christmas story"
caressed from clay
Who knit your genes?
Tousled your curls?
Folded your most intimate corners?
Slipped in Yesterday
Who cleaned your stain?
Robed you in white?
Dressed your head gold?
Who hides small inside?
Glory condensed extraordinary
Borne of an ordinary Saint?
"The road less travelled"
a painting inspired by the Scott-Peck book of the same
60 inches x 60 inches in quadtic
"Past and future"
Three panels set adjacent, depicting a figure in an
"Selected body parts in repose"
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"Striding Eve objectified"
Eve, eternal Woman, Angel and Superhero, the ultimate introvert, flies
through Neverland while in a deep trance,
oblivious to anything exept
her own internal state.
She is powerful, muscular, defined,
like an oympic run, a superwoman, yet still supremely vulnerable.
"Moongirl sleeping in the shade of the sun"
Moongirl is a repeating theme
in Moore's art, a play on the star-sign "Cancer", ruled supposedly by the
The sun would be "The Perfect Man" that she dreams about,
someone to "complete her", and make her world come alive, a
fairytale princess waiting for her prince.
lies tranquil, patiently, waiting in a state of sleep.
This touches on the archetypal longing for a mate.
"How Great the Leaping"
Moore has explored the leaping image at length.
It expresses the greatness of triumph over everything evil, the greatness of
The figure is spiritual, an angel and a saint. She is winged,
fantastical, a superwoman held back and held down by nothing.
"Saint the Angel"
This following image shows the figure in retreat, leaving with
just a glance over her shoulder, eyes closed, still in a trance.
The body is still considered perfect, although slightly
stylized, with the muscular development of olympic athletes, although slightly
Thus, the figure is still feminine and rounded,
vulnerable and beautiful. The arms are not shown here, leaving the
possibility that her arms might fade off into esoteric wings.
She is after all just a two-dimensional image on a canvas, and
as such has no use for arms.....
The woman at play, funloving, etherial.
These works are all 40 inches square, in mixed media on
stretched exhibition quality canvas.
Colours used vary between very muted taupe, pale blue or beige and very
rich highlights in pure hues, blue, red and yellow.
They are then all varnished in shades of sepia, beige or brown. The
halo is distressed gold leaf, sometimes appearing copper, sometimes bronze.
"Thinking In Purple"
This group of images belong to a phase of work
that Moore refers to as "thinking in purple."
The figures have moved further from
toward distorted and even odd
These paintings celebrate the ordinary, the
wierd and the strange, and generally represent a departure from the "square"
to thinking outside the square.
"Deemed fit in purple"
The figure, eyes closed, lies back in gentle repose, while around her there
are elements that are electric in colour, dynamic in motion.
It has been a difficult painting to photograph as it is glossy and the
colour has not come out in the correct intensity here.
"Purple as a state of mind"
This is a playful painting showing
against a rich deep red background.
They have body piercings and other jewellery, and look
like they belong in our own time and space, yet they have elements that hint
at pre-classical Greek culture, featuring the Minator, the feared bull-man, a creature
from Greek Mythology.
This is a fun painting playing with
symbology that is not normal in Moore's repertoire.
"Purple & poetry and reality peels
This image is of a woman drifting effortlessly through
time and space, wearing jewellery and underwear.
is short-limbed, overweight and possibly physically challenged in some way.
Yet she floats in a universe beyond the nasty judgement of our media and
This painting is about the "acceptability" of the "unacceptable", one of Finela
Moore's usual social comments.