About John Moore

John L. Moore

In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, the anonymous narrator states, "light confirms my reality, gives birth to my form...Without light I am not only invisible, but formless as well; and to be unaware of one's form is to live a death. I myself, after existing some twenty years, did not become alive until after I discovered my invisibility." Like Ellison, Moore delineates the intangible, painting an invisible, ungrounded atmosphere in which float choreographed figures, metaphors for the individuals, histories and beliefs that define our existence.

Alison Weld, Assistant Curator, New Jersey State Museum, 1988-1999
excerpted from the catalogue essay for the exhibition, Dream Singers, Story Tellers: an African-American Presence.

Abstract paintings by Cleveland native John Moore reflect erasure of personal history as part of being Black in America. Steven Litt - 2023

John L. Moore: Obsessive Memory at June Kelly. Robert C. Morgan - 2021

Interview with John Moore by Zachary Keeting - 2014

John L. Moore Drawings: Keeping the Invisible Secret. Carly Busta - 2006

Statement on Recent Paintings - September 2002

Excerpt from Twisting & Turning, Abstract Painting Now, catalog essay. Lilly Wei - 2003

Michael Brenson, Art Critic, New York Times, November 23, 1989