Geordan Moore’s imagination teems with strange creatures coming out of the woods and water, anthropomorphic objects, understated quips and over-the-top titles.
The Canadian printmaker is interested in myths about his homeland, which he skewers in his weird art and witty illustrations. Geordan’s drawings depict exaggerated Canadiana, epic ocean scenes and characters inspired by Saturday morning cartoons, gross-out humour, horror clichés, tourist kitsch and Robert Crumb.
“That’s what I loved as a kid,” Geordan says. “And I still do. I think it’s fun.”
With degrees in fine art and design and a lifetime of drawing and art-making behind him, Geordan’s earned the right not to take himself too seriously.
“I like the idea of investing hours into something silly,” he says.
He got into printmaking by making gig posters and hasn’t looked back. Since 2010, when he founded The Quarrelsome Yeti, he’s been at it full-time, creating art prints and apparel bearing his trademark illustrations of fantastical beasts, zombie beavers, feasts of meat, and more.
Basically, Geordan’s the guy to call if you have a hankering for something strange.
“Oh, man, I have the best job,” he says.
The Quarrelsome Yeti is the vehicle for Geordan’s Moore’s art and ideas. He founded the Dartmouth-based print studio and apparel company in 2010. It’s been going gangbusters ever since, producing clothing, household items, accessories, art prints and posters decorated with the wacky, bizarre and baroque characters Geordan creates, including his namesake Yeti, a strutting, smiling creature with a ridiculous amount of enthusiasm.
Every Quarrelsome Yeti illustration is Geordan’s, each piece handmade by him and his small team, which works out of a shared Dartmouth studio. Every Quarrelsome Yeti product is unique, a little story unto itself. Geordan handprints and silkscreens using a manual press and simple processes to build up complex images, playing around with techniques to mix ink and build colour interactions.
“It’s my painting process,” he says.
Geordan loves printmaking’s immediacy, affordability and accessibility, the way it turns everyday items into works of art. He shares that passion by giving printmaking workshops to the public. Geordan is also a founding member of The Dartmouth Makers, a non-profit society of craftspeople hell-bent on a vibrant local arts scene.
Mostly, he relishes the act of making, the process of printing.
“That’s where I get the joy,” he says.
To Geordan, printmaking the perfect medium for sharing ideas – and a laugh. He has simple test for ideas: “If I think it’s funny but I feel a little dumb about it, it’s worth making.”