Artist Biography - Martin Stuart Moore

Show someone a picture by Stuart and there is a good chance they will say; 'Oh yes, I've seen his work somewhere before'. That's because over the last twelve years thousands of his limited edition prints have been purchased by collectors in the UK and world-wide. It was not always thus...

Born in Birmingham in 1946 he went to school in the Midlands and later to college i
...n Coventry where he graduated as a town planner. It was in the early years of his studies that Stuart was required to analyse townscape and he spent much time sketching street scenes. It was during this time that his fascination with townscape developed, but only in his early local government appointments did he have a opportunity to fulfil this interest. Nearly twenty years later, frustrated by the return of another Thatcher government, he left his well paid job and soon decided to try and make his way as a painter.

House portraits was Stuart's starting point and after a successful first year, getting work, getting paid and developing his knowledge of water-colour, he was commissioned to paint a village. This he did in a style that has now become associated with him in order to meet the specific requirements of his client; 'put this, that and the other in the picture please...' This was his second capriccio painting and it gave him the idea to develop the style and paint other towns, make prints and hopefully sell them.

Capriccio townscape refers to the artist being capricious with the actual scene by placing buildings and landmarks in accordance with his feelings of composition. Canaletto and Francesco Guardi painted Venice in some way like this in the eighteenth century.

Stuart went from town to town around his home county of Cheshire creating compositions and publishing them as limited edition prints. The late Brian Redhead bought his original 'Macclesfield', and gradually his work was featured more in local press and magazines, then in the Daily Telegraph and on BBC radio and TV. His pictures also appeal to ex-patriots and have been bought for collections in at least 25 countries world-wide. The Prince of Wales added his 'Chester' print to his collection at St James Palace, and in 1994 The Queen had 'Manchester' hung at Buckingham Palace following her visit to the city. Witness to his success has been the growing number of artists imitating his capriccios and the very high price collectors pay for his original watercolours.
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