BFA Alumnus Daniel Moore Unveils Iron Bowl Sketch

Daniel Moore (BFA 1967), “Fourth & Thirty-One: Gravedigger,” 2023, pencil (preliminary drawing). Image courtesy Daniel Moore/New Life Art, Inc.

This week, Daniel Moore (BFA studio art, 1967) unveiled his preparatory pencil drawing of a painting that will depict Alabama’s winning play during the 2023 Iron Bowl, according to The drawing, a diptych, compresses in space and time images of the two final plays by Jalen Milroe and Isaiah Bond that ensured Alabama’s victory over Auburn in November. Moore plans to publish the completed full-color painting as a limited edition giclée print and canvas print in the spring of 2024.

Daniel Moore, who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art from UA’s Department of Art and Art History in 1967, has spent almost a quarter-century depicting sports figures, including some of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s most memorable and explosive plays, in photo-realist paintings and drawings. Moore was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in April 2019. The Alabama-based United States Sports Academy named him “Sport Artist of the Year” in 2005, a category that includes artists from all over the world. Moore was the first from Alabama to receive the title. Among his many commissions, Moore has created images for the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA of America, and the United States Postal Service, for which he depicted images of coaches Bear Bryant, Pop Warner, Vince Lombardi and George Halas for stamps. He also painted images of Auburn Tigers’ football games.

In 2005, The University of Alabama filed a lawsuit against Moore and his company, New Life Art, Inc., arguing that he should pay UA a licensing fee because he depicted the team’s football uniform designs in his paintings. The University lost in both the original ruling and in their appeal. In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that Moore’s artwork is protected by the First Amendment. For more information about Daniel Moore, go to the “Daniel Moore” Bhamwiki page or Moore’s New Life Art, Inc., page.

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