Forrest Moses was born in Virginia in May of 1934.
A direction was established by the time he entered Washington and Lee
University to receive a BA degree in Fine Arts in 1956.
Three years service as a naval officer gave Moses an opportunity to spend
time in the Philippines, Japan and other Far East locations. The Japan
experience had a strong visual and philosophical influence on him. Moses
felt at home with the organized space and uncluttered environments. Now
Moses observes, “An empty space, an empty table, creates tension with
anticipation of what might occupy it. While an object finds its importance
to the space
After service, Moses spent a year in
Europe discovering the art and architecture presented during his Art
History education and then in 1959, he entered Pratt Institute in New York
for two years graduate work in design.
The Pratt years put solidly in focus, by
intensive exercise and discipline, design principles relating to shape,
space, scale, texture, color, etc.
Moses then worked for three years in
Houston, Texas, as a designer of interiors, furniture, ceramics and there
developed an intent to paint full time.
In 1965 he moved from Houston to the
Monterey Peninsula, California. It was a decision that painting was for
him an exercise for contemplation of nature and the unfoldment of truth by
observation. An intense period of work followed and for three years, his
interest centered on the content of the land and sea and that fragile line
of meeting. Isolation and routine provided the time for introspection and
Now there developed in Moses a need for
place. The “Place” is crucial for it becomes the sanctuary for the heart.
For Moses, it was to be a place in the sun. New Mexico has been Moses’
home since 1969.
The work produced since 1965 has created
more than 40 one-man shows for galleries, universities and museums in
Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York
City, Denver, Albuquerque, Austin, and others. There have been numerous
group shows, invitations, lectures, teaching and print making activities.
Moses’ work is established in many private, public and corporate
American painter, Forrest Moses, lives
in New Mexico
and explores specific landscape locations from
Maine to Georgia as well as New Mexico. He records with
a camera and translates images into works in oil, monotype and watercolor.
He is also well known for images of Iris and figure drawings. For further
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