NON-AMERICAN POSTWAR ART II: Jeremy Moon


Jeremy Moon (1934-1973) read law at Cambridge and worked in advertising before enrolling in art school in 1961. Trained as a sculptor, he shifted over to painting in the late 1960s.

Constructivism, Mondrian and the Bauhaus are clearly points of reference. After Moon saw Ellsworth Kelly’s first show in London in 1962), Moon worked in a hard-edged, geometrical style somewhere between minimalism and Op Art—imagine Brigit Riley being forced to sit still, or Frank Stella with a British sense of decorum, or a non-dreary Agnes Martin.

Primarily remembered as a painter, Moon taught sculpture and. painting at London art schools, and he continued to make three-dimensional works as well. He was exploring the relationship of painting to sculpure in the large, three-dimensional pieces, based on his earlier paintings, on which he was working when he died in a motorcycle crash at the age of 40 in 1973.

Today, significant holdings in his works are owned by his Jeremy Moon Estate; the British government bought many of his works through arts support programs that existed in the 1960s and ’70s; and he is well-represented at the Tate Gallery. Most of the paitings sold in his lifetime are in private collections.

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