03 Aug Moore, Paul
Born in 1957 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; lives in Norman, Oklahoma
Window Rock Madonna
2020, steatite, limestone base with a wooden plinth, 21 x 8 ½ x 11 inches
I decided to do my first stone carving, “Window Rock Madonna” since it was impossible to get bronze castings done with the closing of foundries during the Covid 19 pandemic. I had a block of Steatite in my studio for over thirty years waiting for things to slow down enough to carve it. So during our lockdown, I didn’t have any more excuses to not be creative with it. It’s a head of a Navajo woman with almost a saintly look or feel about her expression, so I gave her the name I thought fitted her the best.
PAUL MOORE is a fifth-generation Oklahoman who has gained national and international recognition with his sculpture. He grew up on stories of his relatives taking part in Oklahoma’s major historical events, such as the Trail of Tears and the Chisholm Trail. His grandfather grew up next door to Quanah Parker, where Quanah’s youngest wife, Tonarcey, made him baby moccasins at his birth. Over the years, Quanah gave him many gifts including a bear claw necklace and horse hair rope. These stories, as well as a life-changing visit to the then Cowboy Hall of Fame when he was young, influenced and inspired his decision to become a sculptor.
Paul is in constant demand for portrait and monumental commissions, and in the past forty years he has sculpted more than 155 commissions. His work is in the U.S. Capitol Collection, the Brookgreen Gardens Collection, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Numerous municipal, corporate, private, and international institutions also have collected his work. In 2019 Paul and his sons wrapped up a twenty-year project, “The Oklahoma Land Run Monument,” consisting of forty-five life and a half elements stretching over 300 feet in length, located in Oklahoma City.
Notable Awards and Achievements
2019 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Purchase Award
2019 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Robert Lougheed Memorial Award
Cowboys Artists of America
National Sculpture Society
Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona
McLarry Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico