Friday, January 6, 2012

Art Beat: Moore is Better

ART BEAT: MOORE IS BETTER -- When Studio of Style paid a recent visit to the Hollywood digs of graphic designer Graham Moore, we were overwhelmed in the best possible way!  Going on a tip given to us by our longtime friend and fellow graphic designer Donna Eble of Teamwork Design, we found ourselves head over heels in love with everything we saw by this most prolific of artists -- textiles, typography, collages, packaging design, illustrations, logos and art, art, art!! (His handmade holiday cards were absolutely the best we'd seen in a long time!) Hailing from London -- then New York, then Dallas, and eventually to Los Angeles -- Moore has long been entrenched in the world of graphic and commercial design since his very first job working in a small print shop in London's Covent Garden -- and since then he has honed his graphics skills through teaching at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena; Woodbury University in Burbank; The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown L.A.; and at the UCLA Extension Program as well. If you were to describe Moore's artistic output as moderne, ultra cool, hip, savvy and downright fabulous, you'd be right on every front!  A recent exhibit of his at Art Center titled "Remix" featured vintage vinyl record album covers cut up, collaged and reconfigured in such a masterful way that one felt as though a new type of artwork had been born through Moore's clever, seamless and timeless technical craftsmanship.  And he's certainly in the right town for the style of graphics he creates too -- for Los Angeles is the forever hip capital of cool and Moore's work exudes an L.A. vibe without a doubt.  With such clients under his belt as Neiman Marcus, JC Penney, Pier 1 Imports, Teleflora and many more, Moore has received several design awards as well as participating in several study-abroad programs.  All you regular Studio of Style readers will recall a recent posting we did about television screen test cards -- well, guess what?  Moore showed us an original one that he found and now keeps in his collection of unique art ephemera!  How's that for style, huh?
Portrait of Moore by Greg Firlotte