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 Denver Moore

 
Denver was born in rural Louisiana in January 1937, and after several tragic events went to live on a plantation in Red River Parish with his Uncle James and Aunt Ethel, who were share croppers.

Sometime around 1960, he hopped a freight train and began a life as a homeless drifter until 1966 when a judge awarded him a 10 year contract for hard labor at the Louisiana State School of Fools, aka, Angola Prison!

According to Denver, he went in a man and left a man and received a standing ovation from prisoners in the yard as he walked out of there in 1976.  For the next 22 years he was homeless on the streets of Fort Worth, Texas.  However, there were a few times after a brush with the law, he'd ride the rails visiting cities and hobo jungles across America, sampling regional cuisine like Vienna sausage with fellow passengers.

In 1998, "He never met Miss Debbie," Miss Debbie met him and his life was changed forever.

He was the co-author of the book, “Same Kind of Different As Me" and  “What Difference Do It Make?", as well as an artist, public speaker, and volunteer for homeless causes.  In 2006, as evidence of the complete turn around of his life, the citizens of Fort Worth honored him as "Philanthropist of the Year" for his work with homeless people at the Union Gospel Mission.

Denver passed away in Dallas, TX on March 31, 2012.

“Denver's art is raw, yet innocent, and directly from his soul...He began painting at sixty-five before he learned to read and write two years later...He does not consider himself an artist but I do.  I get excited every time I walk into his little studio in our garage and see the latest creation of his hands, and my heart sinks when I go there and see he has done nothing!!!!  People from all across America have bought his art to have a connection to him and his story....Enjoy.

- Ron Hall

 
 

 

 

A few words from Cerulean Gallery's Director about Denver Moore's artwork:
 

Denver Moore’s artwork is very special and unique. I could never predict when Denver would present me with a new body of work, andI could never tell Denver what to create – he created from his heart and of his own will. But when Denver arrived with an arm full of his new treasures, I knew that each one was exceptional to him.

Denver’s subjects include, but are not limited to, self-portraits, hearts, crosses, angels, scenes from his books, words and animals. Angels were a particularly fond subject for Denver, and you will find in his works that he saw and interpreted his visions of angels in a very specific outline.

Some of Denver’s paintings are simply words scratch into the paint with little or no imagery. The words can be Biblical scriptures or personal sayings of importance to Denver. Denver learned to read and write at a very late age, so his words are not always written perfectly or spelled correctly – and as Denver said, “that’s just like us as humans.” Sometimes his messages are broken up or unfinished, but he told me what they mean. We will be happy to give you an interpretation of the piece and explain what it says because often times his writing is difficult to read.

You may notice Denver’s unpredictable choice of colors. Denver used colors to express his emotion. In fact, pink is one of Denver’s favorite colors so if you get a pink painting you can fondly look at it and know Denver was in a good mood when he painted that one!

Each one of Denver’s original works are framed, and the frame was hand selected by Denver himself. Most of his frames are damaged (lightly scratched or chipped). This is a result of how he handled his artwork when transporting them. If it had been any other artist, I would have asked them to fix the frame, but because it was Denver, I think it adds more character to the pieces. After all, Denver felt that they do not need to be perfect since he, himself, was not.

I hope you enjoy Denver’s work as much as we do and by placing his work on your wall, it will remind you of Denver’s mission, love, and hope for all of us.

~ Caroline Crockett Kneese

  


 

Greeting Cards

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Denver's printed note cards are $25 for a package of 10 cards and 10 envelopes (including shipping).
 There are 5 different images (2 cards of each image). We accept cash and checks for them.
 We will mail your package as soon as we receive your payment.
 If you pay by check, then please make your check payable to
 Cerulean Gallery and mail it to the following address:
Caroline Kneese
3223 Crockett Street
Amarillo, TX 79109
 


 

Fine Art Giclee Prints 

To request pricing and shipping quotes, please contact Caroline Kneese, caroline@theceruleangallery.com

 

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We Are All Homeless Just Working Our Way Home
We have created Fine Art Giclee Prints from one of Denver Moore's original pieces. "We Are All Homeless Just Working Our Way Home" is a LIMITED EDITION of 150 prints on 100% Cotton Rag, OBA Free, Acid Free, Archival Paper.
Each print is hand signed by Denver Moore.
The image size is 18"w x 24"h (the same size as the Original Painting), and the full paper size is 20"w x 27"h.
*On the Original Painting, Denver layered the paint colors and then scratched his message into the paint.
The scanning and printing process for these Fine Art Giclee Prints is of the highest quality. The colors, size, and texture in the Fine Art Giclee Prints are very true to the Original Painting.
Each Fine Art Giclee Print is sold UNFRAMED, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

 

                            


 

                                               

 
 

 

 

Why Can't I Be An Angel Too?   
Fine Art Giclee Print on Paper 
Edition Size:200
                                                                   

 

 

 Plantation Boss
Fine Art Giclee Print on Paper
Edition Size: 200
 
   

 

***LESS THAN 20 HAND SIGNED PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE IN EACH EDITION***
   

David Smith with Trinity Community Ministries (TCM), a 501(c)3 organization based in Atlanta, GA, collaborated with Denver Moore in the fall of 2008 to create the following series of fine art giclee prints on paper for a fundraising event, Courage to Care, which raised nearly $900,000 in October, 2008.  This event was mentioned in Ron Hall and Denver Moore's second book, “What Difference Do It Make?" on page 112.  TCM has recently reached out to Cerulean Gallery to help continue the sale of these limited edition prints to further raise money for TCM.

  “Why Can't I Be An Angel Too?"  and  “Plantation Boss" are a LIMITED EDITION prints on 100% Cotton Rag, OBA Free, Acid Free, Archival Paper.

Each image size is 9"w x 11"h, and the full paper size is 11"w x 14"h.
The scanning and printing process for these Fine Art Giclee Prints is of the highest quality. The colors, size, and texture in the Fine Art Giclee Prints are very true to the Original Paintings.
Each Fine Art Giclee Print is hand signed by Denver Moore, UNFRAMED, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.


 

 

 

 
 

                                                       

 

Plantation Boss
Fine Art Giclee Print on Canvas
Edition Size: 15

   
 

***LESS THAN 6 PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE IN THIS EDITION***
 
  
In 2008, Denver Moore and David Smith collaborated in creating fine art giclee prints on canvas from Denver's original, “Plantation Boss". Cerulean Gallery has recently been given the privilege to place the remaining handful of prints on the market.
 
  
Plantation Boss" on canvas is a LIMITED EDITION of 15 prints created by Digital Arts in 2008.  This series is printed on Breathing Color Chromata LYVE canvas.  The canvases are stretched onto 1 3/4" deep stretcher bars and varnished to protect against cracking and scuffing.  Each print has also been hand-embellished with Golden Gel Topcoat with UVLS (UV Protection) to create texture and mimic Denver's paint strokes to make the print look just like the Original.     

This particular series of prints on canvas are NOT HAND SIGNED by Denver Moore.
Each canvas size is 20"w x 24"h (the same size as the Original Painting).
*On the Original Painting, Denver scratched into the paint surrounding the figure, “May God Blest You", and then below his signature, Denver wrote, “May God Blest you ALL."
The scanning and printing process for these Fine Art Giclee Prints is of the highest quality. The colors, size, and texture in the Fine Art Giclee Prints are very true to the Original Painting.
Each Fine Art Giclee Print is on stretcher bars, unframed, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

 

 

 

 



Original Paintings

To request pricing and shipping quotes, please contact Caroline Kneese, caroline@theceruleangallery.com

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Luke 8:16
Image Size: 24"w x 18"h
Framed Size: 28"w x 22"h
Mixed media, metallic silver and gold acrylic
 
 
Luke 8:16, "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light."
This is a self-portrait of Denver. The red cross represents Jesus' crucifixion and the metallic silver/gold sword represents the sword that was used to pierce Jesus' side. Denver painted the cross and the sword in the sky behind him (not going into him). The silver-blue form above the red cross represents the moon in the night sky. He painted “the light of life" as Denver calls it, to his right on a stand, to symbolize Denver today spreading the good Word of the Lord.

 

He Made Me Beautiful
Image Size: 20"w x 16"h
Framed Size: 25 1/2"w x 21 1/2"h
Acrylic on canvas
 
 
This is a painting of an angel flying through the sky. The point of this painting is that we are all God’s children and He made us all beautiful, no matter what we look like.  The abstract face of the angel is the bottom left portion of the form.  Denver painted gold glitter on the face of the angel, which symbolizes the light of the Lord.

 

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The Red Hat
Image Size: 20"w x 16"h 
Framed Size: 24"w x 20"h
Mixed media

This is a building that Denver painted from his memory. It is called “The Red Hat" located at Angola Prison, and it is the place where they used to execute prisoners in the electric chair. This building is now on exhibition.
 

The Bucket of Blood
Image Size: 24"w x 18"h 
Framed Size: 30 ¾"w x 24 ¾"h
Mixed media

This is a building named “The Bucket of Blood" at Angola Prison. Denver painted this from his memory. A very long time ago, this was a barn used to house prisoners. Eventually they turned it the first dormitory for prisoners. Since then, they built a new dormitory, and then used this one to send the worst prisoners to be punished.
There was a well in the back of the barn. The structure at the top of the roof collected the rainwater and directed it down into the well. That is what they used for there water in this building.