Wayland Moore – RIP

Artist and cartoonist Wayland Moore has passed away.

Wayland David Moore
September 8, 1935 – November 7, 2022


From the obituary:

Wayland David Moore, whose expressionistic paintings of dramatic action and brilliant color define an era in sports art, died on Monday, November 7, 2022, at his home in Decatur, GA. He was 87.

Distinguished artist, poet, and philanthropist, Moore’s professional career spanned across some of the most renowned sports events in his lifetime.

Moore begin his professional career in graphic arts, working from 1958-’61 at an NBC-TV affiliate in Columbia, SC, and later served as the Senior Art Director at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune from 1962-’68. His work in editorial cartooning at the Herald-Tribune earned him a nomination in 1967 for a Pulitzer Prize. From 1970-‘74, Moore was the Graphics Director of the Atlanta Braves baseball team and was responsible for re-designing the Braves’ 1972 team uniform.

During his career as a sports artist, a passion continued throughout his life, Moore received numerous awards and sports commissions including the Indianapolis 500, 1980 Lake Placid, 1984 Los Angeles, and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, America’s Cup, the U.S. Open, Augusta Masters, and the Maccabiah Games in Israel, among many others.


His association with The Sarasota Herald Tribune frequently
featured Wayland’s graphics on the front page above the fold.



From Prabook:

Art director Station WIS-television, Colubmia, South Carolina, 1958—1961. Illustrator Greenville, 1961—1962, Atlanta, 1969—1970. Editorial cartoonist Sarasota Herald Tribune, 1962—1968.

Graphics director Atlanta Braves, 1970—1974. Sports artist Felicie Editions, New York City, Paris, 1974—1980. Worldwide landscape painter Versatility, Inc., Atlanta, since 1980.

Instructor Emory University, 1970—2007. Trustee Ringling College Art and Design.

His time with The Atlanta Constitution saw their entertainment section
switch from photo covers to Wayland’s portraits and illustrations.



After his newspaper days Wayland became a world-renowned artist.




2 thoughts on “Wayland Moore – RIP

  1. That type of local branding with pics like the Trading Stamps illo are why newspapers should have a resident artist.

    Chuck Asay provided that for the Colorado Springs Sun and it gave the newspaper a strong, friendly identity. I never agreed with his national editorial cartoons (to say the least), but his local ones were priceless and his illustrations of local brite stories were a gift to readers.

    The decision to do away with their positions has been another nail in the coffin of local news.

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