Q + A: Libby Moore


How would you describe your practice?

I would describe my work as bright semi-realistic still life with crisply depicted curvaceous shapes and playful patterns. I’m predominantly a self-taught artist although I have been to a number of part-time classes and was a graphic designer.

When did you first fall in love with art?

The first artist I fell in love with was the Belgian surrealist, René Magritte. My sister (also an artist) introduced his work to me when I was about ten years old and I did a big art project on him, replicating lots of his famous paintings, for school. I’m still fascinated by him, and still have the old project. You can see aspects of his style in my work.

What is your studio like?

I spend all day, and every evening when I’m on deadline, in my home studio. I’ve taught myself to switch on the creativity when I walk into the studio but each day is interspersed with lots of tea, featured in many of my paintings. ABC radio keeps me company most of the time.

What have you been working on recently?

I have recently been working on a collection for The Other Art Fair at Barangaroo in Sydney. I usually paint in acrylic on canvas, or board, with the themes of togetherness, socialisation and loneliness, depicted with teacups, teapots, jugs and other vessels. Being addicted to tea, I find solace and inspiration in making the perfect cup of tea and sharing it with a friend or drinking it while trying to resolve the various issues I might be having with a particular painting.

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