It’s not hard to figure out Norman artist Paul Moore’s passion in life.
To set foot in his studio in Norman, a visitor would be greeted with an impressive array of sculptures, paintings and other artwork. It’s a combination of art pieces he’s created and pieces he’s collected.
It’s a perfect example of the life Moore has devoted to artwork.
“This is my collection of junk,” Moore said with a laugh. “But this is what I like. I know some people can’t relate to it, but this is what I like.”
Moore, 62, began making art when he was just a child, and that passion has grown into a career that has earned many awards, honors and over 150 sculptures. Those achievements include the Gold Medal for Sculpture / Maurice B. Hexter Prize, the Silver Medal of Honor/ John Cavanaugh Memorial Award and the prestigious State of Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award. He even received an Emmy in 2011 for the documentary “Paul Moore: Monument Man,” which aired on PBS/OETA.
His most recent award came at the 2019 Prix de West, an invitational art exhibition and sale held by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The Prix de West is an annual exhibition of more than 300 paintings and sculptures by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. The website states that “the premier art exhibition features works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art.”
Moore entered his work “The Procession,” which was awarded the Purchase Award, the top prize, at the event. He was also awarded the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award, which is decided by a vote from all of the artists who participate the Prix de West. Moore is the first Oklahoman to win the Robert Lougheed award.
The piece sold for $34,000, according to the Prix de West website.
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