John Moll Painting
Waterman Tonging
for Oysters

John Moll Painting
Oyster Shuckers

The Oxford Museum celebrated the centennial of the birth of John Moll (1909-1999) with a major retrospective of his prolific art career and life in Oxford, Maryland. was exhibited from April 25 through May 31 at Church of the Holy Trinity Rectory, a lovely and appropriate waterfront setting near John's home. The exhibit was curated by Board member Larry Myers.

The exhibit presented a unique opportunity to see the full range of John's work, including oils, watercolors, sketches, lithographs, engravings, architectural murals, book illustrations, note cards and post cards. His many types of themes and graphic mediums were interspersed with reflections on the man himself by his family and neighbors.

John moved to Oxford with his family from Delaware in 1946, and for the next four decades he supported them as a freelance artist, choosing his subjects and marketing his work himself. Known primarily as a marine artist, John did far more, recording the homes, the work places, and the people of the Eastern Shore as their way of life was changing forever.

John developed an early passion for marine subjects - harbors, work boats, docks, packing houses, light houses, and the waters of the Bay itself - at the Wilmington Academy of Design, founded by realists N. C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. During the Depression, John honed his drawing and printing skills working as a principal illustrator for the Delaware Federal Writers' Project and the Index of American Design. His mastery of drawing directly from life became a hallmark of his style and work, as were the influences of other notable WPA artists.

The paintings at left are in the Museum's Collection.





A few photographs of the
as staged in the
Holy Trinity Rectory,
Oxford, MD
April 25 - May 31, 2009