Piles of discarded paintings, decorative paper, and photographs from nature books sit on a table in my studio. I cut out shapes from these materials, rearrange them at random to create new images, and photograph the results. I repeat this process several times, occasionally cutting up the photographed assemblages, sometimes manipulating the compositions using image editing software, to rearrange them further. Additional images such as graffiti make their way into the compositions. These spontaneous collages are the inspirations for the oneiric, colorful figures and shapes in my paintings. It is this process of disassembling and reassembling that sets me forth on a journey that is both mysterious and exhilarating.
Craig Moran was born in Washington, DC, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Studio Art at the University of Virginia (UVA). He received a fifth-year arts fellowship at UVA, and completed a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Moran has lived in San Francisco and Chicago, as well as various parts of Virginia. He currently resides in Washington, DC and has a studio in Takoma Park.
Spaced Out, 2018. Signature Apartments, Reston, VA
Spaced Out, 2017. Foundry Gallery, Washington DC
Paintings From the Other Side of the Fence, 2013. Artworks Gallery, Bethesda, MD
Neoteric Abstract IV, 2016. Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
Mary B. Howard Artist Member Exhibition, 2016. GRACE Gallery, Reston, VA
Art of Painting 2015: National Juried Exhibition. Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, Connecticut
Art by America: A Review of 2-Dimensional Contemporary Art, 2015. Arthouse Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Designed two chalk murals for Vetri Pizza Restaurant in Washington, DC
Contact Craig Moran (craig[at]craigsartwork.com)