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[Expert Musicians (Earl and Rayon)]

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Moore, Eddie, Deacon, 1913-
wood, paint (multicolor), wire
Painted wood figurines attached to a square base. The standing figure is playing the guitar while the other figure is seated at the piano. Considering the complexities of the medium, Moore is able to achieve an extraordinary level of detail in this work. This can be seen with his rendering of each piano key, the pages of sheet music, and the bridge on the guitar.
Deacon Eddie Moore was born and raised in Texas. He worked as a policeman and clergyman for the majority of his adult life. At the age of 35 he began his art career, making sculptures and wooden dioramas. Usually giving most of his creations away to friends and family it was not until he met the Rev. John J.L. Hunter (notable folk artist) at a church affair that his career shifted. Rev. Hunter put Deacon Moore in contact with folk art collectors and other art business professionals. In return Moore built Hunter a studio for his gesture. Two-dimensional newspaper photographs inspire Deacon Eddie Moore's sculptures and dioramas. With only knives and chisels he is able to recreate flat images into life-like works of art. Moore's work has been featured at the White House and the African American Museum in Dallas.
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