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 Denver Moore

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Angels We Have Heard
(I) 8” x 10", (F) 11” x 13”
acrylic on canvas, framed

Denver took the concept of Matthew 23:12 “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” And writes on the angel “Love all as yourself and anything you want today”. In his words if you are humble in your love, you will receive everything.

Hark The Herald Angels
(I) 8" x 10", (F) 12" x 14"
acrylic on canvas, framed


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Triumph Over Tragedy
68” x 70”, Mixed Media on Canvas

Triumph Over Tragedy (Detail)


Named by Denver as his “Master Piece”, Triumph Over Tragedy measures out at an impressive 68” x 70” having taken over 8 years to complete. Working on this painting/sculpture little by little over the years while completing multiple paintings and becoming comfortable with the idea of being an artist, Denver pushed his own boundaries and decided to create a monumental piece that would communicate his message through image and text.

Triumph Over Tragedy encompasses the emotions and love Denver has for the Lord. Denver has scribed on the work, in his own writing, Psalms 23, thus illustrating the promise that God is always with us, even through darkness. This self-portrait serves as a parallel for Christ and what Denver calls “the darkest day on Earth when Jesus left the earth”.

While a self-portrait, Denver uses the cross as a symbol of the sacrifice that was given to allow us the promise of Psalms, as well as a visual reminder of the day Christ’s body rose from the earth to be with the Father – the day of eternal triumph when Jesus left the Earth. As Denver waits the day his body is able to rise to meet his Father, he illustrates a pair of his own wings. In reference to the pair of wings, Denver said “I shall be lifted up to the (blue) Heaven in the Sky; LIFTED UP! That is my message from the book and this painting”. There are two additional sets of blue wings at his face and his feet. His wings are the reminders of when he will fly away and finally be at rest.

In his side, Denver has put a sword in his side and at the bottom of the cross he has painted a heart in gold. The gold as a symbol of purity is placed as an anchor where the cross was stood, thus, further symbolizing the purity of Jesus’ sacrifice. The sword reminds us of His sacrificial blood and that He was also human. Like all of us, Denver has been created in God’s image and this painting embodies that idea. Ironically, Denver also mentions that the sword in his side is a reminder to himself of all the times he feels like “he was stabbed in the side” as a homeless man.

Having called himself the unlikeliest and most unschooled of artists, Denver uses non- traditional materials in his pieces to function as symbols. Elements of his mixed media design include the placement of stones on the canvas. He has put a stone under his nose and stones as the foundation of the cross because to him the stone represents “strong faith” just as the cross is the cornerstone of Christian belief. Interestingly, Denver has placed a stone at the point of the philtrum – vertical dimple under the nose - named from the Greek word philtron, from philein, “to love; to kiss”. The myth of the“Angel’s kiss” goes as follows: God sends an angel to each womb and teaches a baby all the wisdom that can be obtained. Just before the unborn baby comes out, the angel touches it between the upper lip and the nose and all that it has taught the baby is forgotten. Amazingly, Denver does not have a dimple under his nose in real life. He puts one of the stones that represents strong faith at the place where that dimple should be.

Along with the use of stones, Denver includes the elements of money in his painting by using coins on his canvas and, in particular, one dime and two pennies. Money has been a focus of Denver’s story both as a homeless man and a man as he says is “not doing too bad anymore”. While the receiving of money may be seen on this Earth as part of Denver’s triumph, he uses it for something other than monetary value. Instead he uses it in his painting as a symbol of the precious metals created by God not the preciousness we place on the metal (value of money). The specific coins he chose equal the number 12 to play homage to the twelve disciples. He further adds, that it reminds him of the story of Peter. While still in Jerusalem, a lame beggar asked Peter for money, Peter told him he didn’t have money but he did have something to share. This miracle of healing gave Peter another opportunity to preach the Gospel as a crowd gathered when they saw the lame man walking, jumping and praising God. Peter did not have a gift of money to give to this man, but Peter did have a gift of healing and the Holy Spirit – what the man was going to receive was better than silver and gold. Denver believes this also as he and his book give the message of Jesus (and Denver states that his book will continue even after his death) and Denver gives constantly to charity because he knows the real value of his coins.

Denver’s words are spoken through image, scripture and symbols. His paintings illuminate these thoughts. But Denver says some things created by God do a better job symbolizing these ideas for him; therefore, he attached actual seeds from a tree onto the canvas. These seeds left un-watered are the symbol of “life” and the potential of the eternal soul that when watered by the Holy Spirit can grow to be a magnificent source of life and nourishment.

Transformed from a pauper to a prince, Denver places a crown on his head and a smile on his face in anticipation when his body will return to ash, nourishing the trees, and his soul will finally rise up to meet his Maker. The day Denver leaves this Earth will be his final day of Triumph Over Tragedy.