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  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_freedom-denied_12x19-5
    "Freedom Denied," acrylic on paper, 12" x 19.5", framed
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_woman-5_13x10
    "Urban Gardener," acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 13" x 10"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_to-question-logic-and-reason_13x10
    "To Question Logic and Reason," acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 13" x 10"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_im-afraid-to-leave-my-house_9x12
    "I'm Afraid to Leave My House," acrylic/graphite on canvas panel, framed, 12" x 9"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_birth-of-man_16x20
    "Birth of Man," acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_birth-of-woman_16x20
    "Birth of Woman," acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_conspiracy-theory_23x35
    "Conspiracy Theory," acrylic on vellum, 23" x 35"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_seated-woman_35x23
    "Seated Woman," acrylic on vellum, 35" x 23"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_the-observer
    "The Observer," charcoal on paper, 50" x 40"
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    Carl E. Moore, "Food," "Being Human" Series, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_protest
    "Protest," acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 13" x 10"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_the-morning-hunt_16x20
    "The Morning Hunt," acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_urban-memorial_9x12
    "Urban Memorial," acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 12" x 9"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_searching-for-lewis_12x16
    "Searching for Lewis," acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16"
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    "Transient Man," acrylic on wood panel, 18" x 24"
  • l-ross-gallery_carl-moore_jolenes-world_24x18
    "Jolene's World," acrylic on wood panel, 24" x 18"
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Using art as a form of visual communication, I try to maintain both simplicity and depth in my work. My art expresses ideas and concepts based on my experiences and surroundings while conveying the emotional state of everyday people in everyday situations existing in a sometimes surreal environment. Using modern contemporary social themes, my work takes advantage of events happening in today’s world and creates a connection between the personal and public effects.

I don’t think art should be complicated, but rather left up to the viewer to form an opinion about how or whether to accept the work. Thick black lines are used in my paintings to illustrate the strength and balance of the imagery. My style of painting is heavily influenced by the works of Jacob Lawrence, Stewart Davis, Salvador Dali, Charles White and Michelangelo


Carl E. Moore: Education and Honors

MFA, Memphis College of Art, 2012
BFA, Memphis College of Art, 1987
Pre-college curriculum in painting and design, Chicago Institute of Art, 1982


Carl E. Moore: Selected Exhibitions

Holiday Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2016
Art 101, 101 Art Gallery Space, temporary pop-up art space, sponsored by the Memphis Downtown Commission, 2016
Politics and Power, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, 2016
Summer Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2016
The Man Show, Curator, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2016
Somethings are just Black and White, Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis, TN, 2016
Memphis College of Art Alumni Biennial Exhibition, Memphis, 2016
Change Agents: Personal Art as Political Statement, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, 2016
No: 10 Anniversary Show, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2016
Summer Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2015
Circuitous Epilogue 2, Masonic Contemporary, Scottish Rite Building, Memphis, TN, October 2015 – January 2016
The Dual Show Experience: Only Black and White & Desperately Seeking Attention, Masonic Contemporary in The Scottish Rite Building, Memphis, TN, 2015
Holiday Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2014
Portraits and Figures, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, 2014
An American Dream, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2014
Art of Science, Hyde Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2014
That’s All Right Mama, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2014
Summer Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2014
Common Ground, Memphis College of Art Alumni Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2014
Inspired Resistance, Crosstown Art Gallery, Memphis 2014
Summer Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2013
Memphis Social Art Exposition Celebrating Memphis in collaboration with the New York arts scene, Caritas Village, Memphis, TN, 2013
Singular Masses, Hyde Gallery/MCA, Memphis, TN, 2013
Present Tense, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, TN, 2013
Works on Paper, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2012
Unveil Downtown Art Walk & Exhibition, Memphis, 2012
I Can See Your House From the Highway, L Ross Gallery, 2012
The Absence of Evidence, Rhodes College Curatorial Program Exhibition, Memphis, TN, 2012
Influx, Memphis College of Art MFA Thesis Show, 2012
Winter Invitational, Gallery 56, Memphis, TN, 2012
Memphis Connections Art Show, Marshall Arts, 2011
Works on Paper, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2011, 2010
The Spirit of Color, Memphis Black Arts Alliance & Firehouse Arts, Memphis, TN, 2011
Village People: The Salon Show, Caritas Village, Memphis, TN, 2011
Migration Back, Vaughn Cultural Center at the Urban League, St. Louis, MO, 2011
Holiday Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2010
People, Places, Perspectives, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2010
Carl E. Moore in Retrospect, Caritas Village Hope Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2009
Project Genesis, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2008
E-Fitness 5th Year Anniversary Celebration (solo), South Main Art District, Memphis, TN, 2007
Caseworks, The Art Museum of The University of Memphis, 2007
Nia and Delta Axis Fuse3 Salon3, Marshall Arts, Memphis, 2007
Lantana Projects New Emerging Artist Series No.1, Memphis, 2007
People, Places, Perspective, William A. Goodwyn Gallery, Memphis Shelby Country Central Library, 2006
People Time (solo), Gallery 314, Memphis, TN, 2005
A Rushing Mighty Wind, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN, 2005
People (solo), The Turner Clark Gallery, Memphis, TN, 1990
Undergrad Class of 1987 Group Show, Memphis College of Art, 1987
Group Show, Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN, 1986
Modern (solo), Canton and Madison County Public Library, Canton, MS, 1980


Carl E. Moore: Publications

Fredric Koeppel, “2014 in Review: The most vital, transcendent art exhibitions in Memphis,” The Commercial Appeal, Dec. 2014
“Carl E. Moore Laments Loss of Innocence in Pastel Colors,” The Commercial Appeal, Sept. 2014
“Cooper-Young,”Numbers Magazine: Number 79, Public Art Issue, summer 2014
“Inspired Resistance” at Crosstown Arts, Memphis Flyer, February 20, 2014
“Notions of blackness take form in ‘Singular Masses’ exhibit, The Commercial Appeal, February 7, 2013
Dwayne Butcher, “The End,” Memphis Flyer, December 2012
Fredric Koeppel, “Year’s Top Exhibitions Rife with Revelations,” The Commercial Appeal, December 2012
Fredric Koeppel, “MCA Alumni Show Offers Feast of Varied Paintings,” The Commercial Appeal, July 2012
Fredric Koeppel, “Domestic Focus for Colorists,” The Commercial Appeal, June 2012
Fredric Koeppel, “L Ross Pits Contrasting Visions of Reality, Dreams,” The Commercial Appeal, August 2010
Adrian R. Duran, “Project Genesis,” Number. No. 63, Winter 2009
Bill Ellis, “The Art of Saying More with Less,” Commercial Appeal, August 2009
Carol Knowles, “Paper Play,” Memphis Flyer, August 2009