A longing for endless landscapes and wild sunsets, juxtaposed by a desire to capture Americana and urban architecture.
KRISTIN MOORE, a native Texan, completed her MFA at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles in 2016. She has been named one of Saatchi Art’s 20 Artists To Watch in 2020, and a top 10 finalist in the New Western Talent juried exhibition with Western Gallery. Kristin’s paintings can be found in collections across the U.S. and Europe. Her work has been shown at The Other Art Fair in Dallas, and in group exhibitions with Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, and SHOWFIELDS New York (curated by The Jealous Curator). She has had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Austin, and Lockhart. Kristin currently lives and works in Dallas, TX and is a studio artist at The Cedars Union.
While living in LA working on her MFA, Kristin began to consider the human experience in relation to location as a reference for her work, and she also fell in love with film. The Hollywood nostalgia prevalent all over Los Angeles became a launching pad for her cinematic view of the landscape around her. She began to consider the way we experience films, and approached art making the same way. While at Otis College of Art + Design, she worked with a team of amazing professors (all artists themselves), who always encouraged her to look outside the studio for inspiration. During one studio visit in particular, Kristin was encouraged to visit Kenneth Hahn Park in Culver City for reference photos. It is that first trip to Kenneth Hahn that changed the way she painted moving forward. The smog blanketing the cityscape of LA from such a high point created an atmosphere she couldn’t paint enough of. Kristin began a series of what she called “smog paintings” that explored the cloudy atmosphere of LA at different angles and times of day attempting to recreate the aura of the sprawling city. This practice evolved into the landscape work Kristin creates today.
Her love for capturing the aura of a location through painting was amplified when she first visited Marfa,TX. While living in LA, Kristin often would travel to and from Austin in-between semesters. Marfa became a transitional pitstop for her to shake off the edginess of LA and take a breath in the open landscape of West Texas. “Being in the landscape of West Texas is almost like visiting another planet. You can see for miles and miles with no building in sight; the landscape slows down time and calms your mind.” - Kristin on Marfa.
Upon moving back to Texas from California in 2016, Kristin continued exploring the landscapes and highways around her through painting. The experience of living outside her home state had sparked a sense of wanderlust into Kristin’s work; a longing for endless landscapes and wild sunsets was juxtaposed by a desire to capture Americana and architecture of the cities around her. Today, Kristin’s work continues to oscillate between the landscapes of California and Texas, with a continued expansion to the Western U.S.
Photos by Breezy Ritte
2016 Master of Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Bachelor of Art, Art, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
2020 Solo Exhibition, Commerce Gallery, Lockhart, TX
2018 Wilderness: Horizons To California, Austin Bouldering Project, Austin, TX
2017 Ceremony, St. Edward’s Fine Arts Gallery, Austin, TX
2016 Rear Window, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 Franchise 3, curated by Scott Listfield, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
SHOWFIELDS x The Jealous Curator, SHOWFIELDS, New York, NY
New Western Talent, Western Gallery, Dallas, TX
100 Voices, 100 Artists, Saatchi Art
50x500, PXP Contemporary
2019 Fall Exhibition, The Slate, Dallas, TX
No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
The Other Art Fair, Presented by Saatchi Art, Dallas Market Hall, Dallas, TX
Velvet Ropes, Martha’s Contemporary, Austin, TX
Vignette Art Fair, The Women’s Museum at Fair Park, Dallas, TX
2018 Expressions of the City: Re-imagining the Local, Aether Space Gallery, Houston, TX
Excavations;Shindig, Mantle Art Space, San Antonio, TX
No Man’s Land, The Yards Collective, Rochester, NY
2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Art on 5th, Austin, TX
Turbulent Landscape, modified/arts, Phoenix, AZ
2016 Now What?, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Open Studios, Otis Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Untitled, North Gallery, Otis Graduate Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Rifts Reays, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
AWARDS + FELLOWSHIPS
2020 Top 10 Finalist, New Western Talent Juried Exhibition, Western Gallery, May 2020
20 Artists To Watch in 2020, Saatchi Art, January 2020
2018 Best in Show, No Man’s Land Politits Art Coalition, The Yards Collective, Rochester, NY
2017 Austin fellowship, June - July 2017, Artist INC. Austin, TX