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Florence Moonan

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Poor Butterfly, 2015 Venetian Plaster, Acrylic, Oil Pigment Stick 16 X 16" © Florence Moonan 2015
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Isolde's Vision, 2015 Venetian Plaster, Acrylic, Oil Pigment Stick 16" X 16" X 2" © Florence Moonan 2015
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Let Loose, 2015 Venetian Plaster, Acrylic, Oil Stick 16" X 16" © Florence Moonan
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Round About, 2015 Venetian Plaster, Acrylic, Oil Pigment Stick 16 X 16" © Florence Moonan
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Hushed, 2015 Plaster/Acrylic/Iridescent Oil Pigment Stick 16 X 16" © Florence Moonan
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Headlands, 2015 Plaster/Acrylic/Graphite 18 X 24" © Florence Moonan
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Spectral Dance, 2015 Plaster/Acrylic/Graphite/Iridescent Oil Pigment Stick 18 X 24" © Florence Moonan
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Triad (Cio-Cio San triptych) Venetian Plaster W/Mixed Media 20 X 48 X 2" © Florence Moonan
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Passage 7, 2011 Venetian Plaster W/Mixed Media On Board 12 X 12 X 2" © Florence Moonan
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Passage 8, 2011 Venetian Plaster W/Mixed Media On Board 12 X 12 X 2" © Florence Moonan
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Passage 9, 2011 Venetian Plaster W/Mixed Media On Board 12 X 12 X 2" © Florence Moonan
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Passage 10, 2011 Venetian Plaster W/Mixed Media On Board 12 X 12 X 2" © Florence Moonan
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Triad (Cio-Cio San) triptych, 2012 Venetian Plaster, Acrylic, Oil Stick Asphaltum 20" X 48" © Florence Moonan 2015
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In My View, January 12 - February 24, 2013 © Trenton Museum Society
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LP1209, 2012 Acrylic On Vintage Vinyl (Long Playing Record) 12" Disc; Variable Size Base © Florence Moonan
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Poor Butterfly, 2015 Venetian Plaster, Acrylic, Iridescent Gold Oil Paint Stick 16 X 16 X 2" © Florence Moonan 2015
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Isolde's Vision, 2015 Venetian Plaster, Acrylic, Oil Paintstick 16 X 16" © Florence Moonan
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Hushed Venetian Plaster, Acrylic On Board 16 X 16 X 2” © Florence Moonan
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Headlands Venetian Plaster, Universal Tints, Acrylic, Graphite, On Board 18 X 24 X 2” © Florence Moonan
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Spectral Dance, 2015 Plaster/Acrylic/Graphite/Iridescent Oil Pigment Stick 18 X 24" © Florence Moonan
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Duet, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 36 X 36" © Florence Moonan 20155
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Duet, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 36 X 36" © Florence Moonan 2015
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Trenton, New Jersey
Lives in
Stockton, New Jersey
Works in
Fine Arts Painting
Schools
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 2011
The College of New Jersey, 2002, BFA
Representing galleries
contemporary Art, Lambertville, NJ; Morpeth Contemporary - Hopewell, NJ (2012 - 2014), The Quiet Life
Tags
abstract painter, non-representational, Florence Moonan, non-objective, mixed media artist, abstract, sculpture, mixed-media, landscape, modern
Current Exhibitions and Events
Apr, 2017
11th Annual Juried Exhibition
Cohen Gallery, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Statement

 

Florence Moonan | Art Statement

Music, especially Broadway musicals and opera, is a driving force in my work. This connection is rooted in my childhood performing in local summer-stock theater. Performing evolved into painting as I discovered the ability to express inner emotions by applying color and texture to canvas or wood in an abstract manner. I have an intuitive approach to painting as I make decisions and take advantage of chance revelations. My work is also informed by travel, family history, and the natural world. I currently work with Venetian plaster on board. The plaster’s unique quality helps me produce surfaces that are immediately appealing and as sensuous as a beautiful aria. My process includes tinting the plaster then, using a steel scraper, applying multiple coats to the board. Various materials and tools are used for rubbing, scraping, and sanding the surface to uncover buried marks and textures that create a history of where I have been. A unique exploration emerges following this process of adding and subtracting layers. At times, bold gestural marks originate from visceral reactions to music. Additional mediums such as graphite, oil stick, and Asphaltum are often employed to further enhance the work. The top layer is carefully sanded by hand to achieve a smooth finish. Each work pushes the direction of the next until all possibilities have been exhausted.

Florence Moonan | Biography

Florence Moonan grew up in Lambertville, New Jersey involved in the visual and performing arts at home, school, and local summer theater. Her heart was set on becoming a performer, but a gift set of acrylics from her father, a self-taught artist, redirected her focus. She returned to her early roots and began painting at home while she raised a family. 

In 1977, she accepted a full-time administrative position at Trenton State College (now, The College of New Jersey) where she soon registered for a studio class in the evening each semester. She continued to work and study at The College, while building a professional portfolio. In December 2002, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The College of New Jersey. 

Moonan's paintings have been selected for numerous juried shows, solo, invited, and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Upcoming and current events include: The 60th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art: 60 Works Celebraing 60 Years, Chautauqua, NY, June 25 - July 18, 2017; 11th Annual Juried Exhibition at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, (First Prize Award), Reading, Pennsylvania through June 4, 2017, and Ellarslie Open 34, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ through June 25, 2017.

Her work was included in the 38th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, 2017 and HAM 2016 Annual Members Exhibition, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey; PAGUS Annual Art Show, Norristown, Pennsylvania; SMI’s Viewpoints 2016 at aljira—a Center for Contemporary Arts, Newark, NJ; Artist Council of Princeton 2016 Members Exhibition, Princeton, New Jersey; New Hope Arts Members’ Salon Exhibition 2016, New Hope, Pennsylvania; NEXUS, Arts Guild NJ’s 2016 International Juried Exhibition, Rahway, New Jersey; Langhorne Council for the Arts (LCA) 2016 Sumer Speakers Series;  Ellarslie Open 33 at the Trenton City Museum, and Sculpture New Hope, New Hope Arts Center. She was invited for a solo exhibition at Pennswood Art Gallery, Newtown, Pennsylvania; Kol Ami Gallery (solo), Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; Creative Tension, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, New Jersey; Phillips Mill Annual, New Hope, Pennsylvania; An Opening Dialogue - The Nature of Abstraction and on Your Radar? (invitational), Trenton City Museum, Trenton, New Jersey, and Abington Art Center's Solo Summer Series, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Her work was previously exhibited at The Gallery at Hillside Square (solo) in Montclair, New Jersey (2014). Other honors include: Viewpoints Invitational Art Exhibition presented by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission (2013); Philadelphia’s Art in City Hall 2013: Library of Life, in collaboration with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; Abstraction Revisited at New Hope Art Center, and In My View, a solo exhibition in the Main Gallery at Trenton City Museum. In 2012 she was invited for a two-person show at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College. Her artwork is held in the permanent collection of The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, BARC Developmental Services, and the Family Service Association of Bucks County. It has been recognized with awards from the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Phillips Mill, Ellarslie Open IX, Golden Key Art International, and others. Moonan is included in Doris Brande’s book, Artists of the River Towns.

Permanent collection include The College of New Jersey, the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, BARC Developmental Services, and the Family Service Association of Bucks County. It has been recognized with awards from the 11th Annual Juried Exhibition at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Phillips Mill, Ellarslie Open IX, Golden Key Art International, and others.

Since retiring from The College in 2007, she is occupied full-time with painting and exhibiting. She and her husband live on a hillside in Stockton overlooking the hills of Pennsylvania. They have three sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Music remains a powerful influence on her work.