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Juan Moore unveils latest illustration exhibition
Mark Edwards
BBC Isle of Man

Juan Moore - (Photo - Rosie Irvine)
Juan Moore's exhibition will take a whimsical and surreal look at relationships

Illustrator Juan Moore is preparing to unveil the second instalment of his year-long project titled, 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood'.

In association with the Isle of Man Arts Council, the project will see the artist deliver five exhibitions at various sites around the island.

Juan said "The first exhibition went really well and I am really looking forward to unveiling my new work."

'One Night Stand' opens on Monday 17 January at the Courthouse in Douglas.

"The idea behind the 12 month project is to show art outside the context of an art gallery and make it accessible to all," Juan continued.

The first exhibition, 'Carpe Diem', (Seize The Day) was held at the Tanroagan fish Restaurant in Douglas, during November 2010.

Huge Success

The show was a huge success and over half the works, based around the idea of fish, were sold.

Illustration by Juan Moore
The first exhibition was based on the theme of fish

The artist continued: "It was a great night with a good mix of people from politicians and artists to musicians to environmental scientists!"

Moore says the second show is different, with almost 30 artworks on display, all of which have been produced in the two months leading up to the show, at the Courthouse Bar in Douglas.

"The theme is relationships and seeing as many start and end in bars it seemed like apt subject matter!

"The show is on for just one night, though some works will remain on display for a week or two longer."

Whimsical and surreal

In this exhibition Juan wanted to present various phases of relationships from both a male and female perspective.

"I also (as with all my work) wanted to portray relationships in a bit more of a whimsical surreal way instead of the more obvious romantic view."

Juan Moore
All 30 illustrations were created in the two months leading up to the show

Head of Community Culture and Art on the island, Dawn Maddrell was keen on Moore's idea from the start.

"We loved the idea of holding these exhibitions in venues not traditionally associated with art.

Moore was born and raised on the Isle of Man before moving to Falmouth in 2006 to complete a degree in illustration.

The following year, Juan took up a year long residency at the Sayle Gallery in St Johns and now works as an illustrator with a global portfolio.

He has exhibited in the UK, France and New York.

He continued: "I want to make art that is accessible to everybody instead of just those well versed in contemporary art and art history.

"These exhibitions also aim to show art working alongside and within the community. Each of the exhibitions will not simply have a theme but will be very site specific."

One Night Stand opens at 6pm on Monday 17th January 2011, for one night only.

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