John Moir, the Artist
John grew up in Maryborough and completed his first qualification - a diploma in Mechanical Engineering at the Maryborough Technical College.
He was always working at his art and has now constructed a new, and slightly larger art Gallery, in Dunolly, Central Victoria.
He has sold many works and is known for his commissioned work particularly in the Western District and now in Central Victoria.
He won the popular choice at the Dunolly Art Showing last year.
He won his first competition at 13 years. Over the years he has drawn, sketched, painted, produced murals, theatre backdrops, and pieces of art, in a number of forms including sculpture and copper repousse style.
In the late 60’s he completed drawings in pen mostly and some in watercolour but not too seriously. By the late 80’s he had completed many drawings, in pencil, mostly, because that was the flavour of the time. The main reason for this demand was a commission to complete around 24 sketches for a cook book. This led to a display of the original work at a launch dinner, which created many commissions of homesteads and properties throughout the Western District.
Another challenge saw the production of around 50 drawings of the historic, and
places of interest, throughout the district – from Port fairy to the Great Ocean
Road, and north to Mortlake. These drawings were used to produce tourist items such as cards, calendars, T shirts, windcheaters, T Towels, fridge magnets, prints, book marks, etc., that were very popular, especially at Christmas. Calendars were sent overseas in many cases; and they always sold out.
In later years commission requests spread - all the way down to include the Bellarine Peninsula and throughout the northern sectors of the State.
Since his retirement professionally, 20 plus years ago, John has gone back to oils, pen and water colour and now acrylics has become a favoured medium. Copper Repousse will again be produced as we settle in to the new set up, as a special work area needs to be created.
In the last 10 years John had a number of personal exhibitions and was very pleased with the results not only for sales but for the commissions created. Works went to other states and overseas and that was very pleasing.
Art is the expression of your thoughts - and/or representing what you see - that you want to put to paper, on canvas or into whatever form suits the moment.
Alvah Art Gallery is for folk to call in for a look, a chat and a look at what is on offer.
You might like to have a look at the restoring of vintage and veteran cars while you visiting the gallery.
All works are for sale, as are prints and the very popular writing cards. John suggests that the writing cards are a great way to promote your area. They can be specially printed to be used for any occasion. In past years over 100 pieces per year were sold. John has now completed series of works to highlight places of interest in Maryborough, Talbot, Dunolly, Rheola Area, Inglewood. His writings have introduced his art to many people throughout Australia and overseas - numbers now exceed 50,000. It will be interesting to see what happens next.
I have now taken to the use of the modern version of a cyber art gallery.
One such enterprise, for which I sold 5 works in the first week, is BLUETHUMB. Look it up on the web and when you enter use the search space and put in "MOIR" it will save you a lot of time.
Take the time this coming weekend and the next one - April 21st to April 29th to do the Tiny Towns Art Trail and also see the Red Dog Display. It in doubt call at Alvah Art Gallery for directions.