Bill Moore-Evening Light Wanaka

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Beautiful oil on canvas and framed with glass. Framed size 940mm x 600mm 

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Bill (William) Moore

Life story: Christchurch artist and 'man of colors' Bill Moore remembered


Bill Moore enjoyed exploring overseas and was often seen with a camera in hand, as pictured here in 2015.
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Bill Moore enjoyed exploring overseas and was often seen with a camera in hand, as pictured here in 2015.

OBITUARY: William Francis Moore, commonly known as Bill, is remembered as a prolific Canterbury fine artist, a kind teacher, and a rugby and cricket coach.

A fourth-generation Kiwi, Moore grew up in Harewood, Christchurch, and had two passions during his schooling years: art and rugby. As a teenager, he was encouraged by his father, Francis, to follow him into the butchery business, but he had other ideas.

Moore wanted to be an architect, but chose teaching. His artistic ability was encouraged at teacher’s college by one particular teacher, Jamie Masterton, who spotted his talent and bought him all the brushes, paint, and paper he needed to get started.

Stellar results prompted Moore to study at the University of Canterbury's fine arts school and teacher’s college before travelling six weeks by boat to Europe. There, he studied at the St Martin’s School of Art in London. He was admitted to New Zealand’s Canterbury Society of Arts in his 20s

He funded his art initially by teaching, briefly in London and then home in Canterbury, New Zealand. He became a much-loved teacher at every school level – primary, intermediate and secondary.

He taught at Little River, Heaton Intermediate, and Middleton Grange schools, before retiring at age 53 to become a full-time artist.

Bill Moore at Lake Tekapo in 2005 “seeing things most of us can’t see”, according to son Hamish Moore.
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Bill Moore at Lake Tekapo in 2005 “seeing things most of us can’t see”, according to son Hamish Moore.

Moore died peacefully at Ngaio Marsh Hospital on June 13, aged 85.

He made a lasting impact as a teacher, so much so that former students wrote a book in his honor: A tribute to Mr Moore in appreciation from the pupils of Room 15 1960-1969.Truly Inspirational.

In the book, Moore’s former pupils detail how they were inspired by his teaching.

He sent his artwork throughout the country and overseas and, throughout his teaching years, he painted in oils, watercolors or acrylic every weekend.

His ability in many mediums, including forays into wood-cuts, made him a prolific artist.

He retired from teaching early – but a couple of months after doing so, he was awarded NZ’s Shell Art Award for Watercolor in 1988, which was an endorsement of his decision to pursue art full-time.

Other lasting interests were photography, tramping and rugby, but nothing – other than an abiding faith and love for his many friends and family – came close to his passion for painting and drawing.

Moore travelled extensively with his wife, Lesley Moore, and exhibited his work often in Christchurch, Akaroa, Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin, and even in London and Morgedal, Norway.