Colin Moore: The Open Air
Colin Moore is a painter-printmaker who specialises in linocut prints of the British landscape, often coastal and maritime subjects. In recent years he has been commissioned to provide work for public spaces such as a mural for the new Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth, prints and paintings for a recently launched cruise ship and various works for the Guys and St. Thomas’s Hospital Trust in London.
His first contact with Guys involved the selection of a number of his prints, by patients, for the public and clinical spaces in several Dialysis Units, run by the Trust in S.E. England.
Sometime later he was again approached by the Trust, this time to develop a scheme to modify the visibility through the glazed external wall of a major new Kidney Treatment Centre adjacent to Guys Hospital in London. Involving 68 glazed panels, each 2.5M wide by 3.5M high, the artwork was produced digitally and printed onto an adhesive vinyl with a frosted finish. The result allowed daylight into the treatment areas while protecting the privacy of the patients. At night the designs were back-lit by the interior lighting of the building, providing a lively view of the work from the street outside.
Before beginning the work Colin liaised with patients to discuss the project. Surprisingly this was an experience which surpassed any exercise in due diligence and in fact provided the key creative insight and inspiration for the project. This was a lesson well learned which, together with subsequent feedback, convinced the artist of the therapeutic value of art in a healthcare environment.
To find out more about Colin’s work visit www.colinmoore.uk
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