Chris Moore’s ‘Distractions’ presents a full exhibition of figurative forged steel and cast bronze sculpture. Moore’s work is characterized by its detailed textured surface, each figure built up from layer upon layer of worked wax. The works are often deeply pocketed, with a playful interaction between light and shadow across their unpolished surface.
Moore appears to be less concerned with monumental expression, more so with character and emotion. The figures are introspective. Often alone or self-examining, his works carry titles that reflect the thoughtful scenes, such as Down and Out, In the Shadow, Confrontation, and Almost Lost.
Chris Moore has been a full time designer and artist for over a decade. Originally focusing on oil painting and portraiture, Chris later moved his attention to metalwork, completing an apprenticeship in traditional blacksmithing in Europe. Since returning to New Zealand Chris established his studio, creating and exhibiting his work in forged steel and bronze throughout New Zealand and overseas.