By Alice Newport

I can’t remember the last time I was in the presence of someone who loves what they do as David does. He unnecessarily apologises for talking so much; his passion is inspirational.

He found his love and talent for art following a suggestion from his wife, after being diagnosed with depression. That was about three years ago, and now David’s work is showcased as part of the Dardanup Trail, he’s donated pieces to charity, and his work been described as a piece that you “Just have to have!”

David Moore first Perth solo show opens at Zig Zag on May 30th and is a fantastic exploration of motion through colour. Inertia, named after Newton’s first law of motion, is created using physical force, detailing and chan

ging paint consistencies.

An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force”. Enjoying a tactile, experimental process, Moore has been working on the paintings included in Inertia for about eight months, and the 24 piece show is a fluid and reactive collection.

Can you explain the inspiration behind your new collection?

Pro Hart was brilliant at throwing paint at a canvas. That isn’t the end of the painting, it was his ability to work with and develop that “mess” to create something visually appealing.

I like to be energetic with my painting, I don’t use brushes often; I really like to experiment. I was throwing (literally) paint at a board and it was making some wonderful shapes, and textures, and blending of colours in a way you couldn’t achieve otherwise.  I then realised that this was inertia in action.

I then thought about inertia in my own life. I would have had continued down various paths unless an unequal force changed my direction, even the paths that make us hit the wall can also be responsible for creating something new and different.

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How do you feel about Inertia compared to other work you’ve created?

I think I’ve grown and developed, technically and experimentally. I’m proud of this body of work. I think it also shows another positive step in dealing with depression. My work reflects further freedom and insights as I uncover them and try to live by them.

When working towards creating a body of new work, what’s the process? 

I rarely know what I’m going to do. I can’t wait until I feel “in the mood”, I have to just get up and get into it. Soon enough I’m absorbed and time has flown. And work has unfolded. So I just start. It’s always different and if I take the time to be observant I’ll see something new and that will send me down a rabbit hole. Once I’d discovered the inertia theme, it sent me in new directions exploring motion, movement, and impact.

So it’s fluid, with each piece inspiring your next piece? 

Definitely! As I have no formal training, I learn by experimenting. I think “how many ways can I make this work?” I love the first four strokes of a painting on a blank canvas. The way colours combine is always different which inspires a new journey.

Jackson Pollock once said “There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was. It was a fine compliment. Only he didn’t know it.” 

While your work is always very colourful, the styles sometimes differ. What’s the reasoning behind this?

Experimentation. I get bored quite easily so I’ll often have three or four works on the go at the same time. Sometimes I’ll leave them around the house for months at a time. I also think I am still evolving as an artist – I’m not completely sure what my style is, and I’m not sure I want to be boxed.

You’ve spoken about art being a way to both calm you and to express yourself. Is that still the case? What else does art give you?

Very much so, it’s so absorbing. I’ve spent a lot of my life working with people and it’s not always easy to clarify success or progress, I like being able to physically see what I have achieved; it’s rewarding in itself.

It also gives me a forum to speak my discoveries, about the journey of life and living in the moment. I truly love this part of my art. I think it’s a rare opportunity to sow some seeds when people are already engaging with a painting and are open to meanings and interpretations. If one anecdote makes a person think a little, I’m happy.


Inertia opens at Zig Zag Cultural Centre Gallery in Kalamunda on May 30th at 6.30pm and runs until June 8th.

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