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A Victoria treasure

Lorne Moore’s art in Peacock Billiard’s Walls at the Hall exhibit

The artwork of renowned Victoria artist Lorne Moore is among the permanent treasures that make up the Walls at the Hall exhibit at Peacock Billiards.

Born in Vancouver BC in 1946, Moore studied film animation at The Vancouver School of Art in the late 1960s, later taking on his first job in Victoria at Emily Carr House on Government Street.

Funded by a Local Initiative Project grant, Moore produced a slide and tape presentation, followed by a 16-mm film about Emily Carr for elementary schools.

In 1975, he began a tenure at the Victoria location on Wharf Street of National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Here, he honed his unique style of both documentary and animated film.

Moore was a film inspector; his job involved many hours spent studying NFB films, frame by frame. Through his work, he met many of the NFB filmmakers, including animation pioneer Norman McLaren.

When the Victoria NFB closed in 1990, Moore passed on an opportunity to relocate to NFB Vancouver or headquarters in Montreal to remain in Victoria near his beloved family, and where he continued to derive artistic inspiration.

Moore continued his exploration of Victoria landmarks, working as a historical tour guide at Craigdarroch Castle and Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens.

Moore has long had a passion for the game of billiards. He worked for many years at Peacocks Billiards, where he merged the inspiration he derives from the game, interest in local history and love of film and filmmaking into visual art.

Moore’s work uses original photography, mylar sheets, scissors, glue, spray paint, acrylic paint and Sharpie pens.

He does not use digital manipulation to render his surreal or documentative images. He utilizes the service at Prism Imaging to make prints, and his eldest daughter maintains his Instagram page. Works by Lorne Moore are on permanent exhibition at Peacock Billiards, at 1175 Douglas St, Roan Sound Studio 780 Fort Street and on Instagram: @loneroomer.

Moore’s four completed films are Western Island (1979), Edifice Complex (1982), Catharsis Park (1992) and The Midnight Pool Room (2013).

Peacock Billiards’ pool hall walls exhibit works by five artists, including Robert Amos, Frank Lewis, Anne Ehrlich, Robyn Graves and Moore.