Denver Moore

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Along with incredible works by Julio Larraz, ANFA is extremely honored to exhibit Ron Hall’s private collection of paintings by his late friend, Denver Moore!

Denver was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on January 30, 1937. He was raised on a cotton plantain in Red River Parish. In the mid-to-late 1950s, he left Louisiana for the first time and lived briefly in Fort Worth, Texas, before moving to Los Angeles. He left LA in the mid 1960s, riding the rails before returning to Texas then Louisiana. He was living in Dallas at the time of his passing.

Though his lips were always flapping’ like the Bible pages, he would say he never claimed to be a preacher, just a sinner saved by grace with a message of hope for those that didn’t have any.

His story, well known by millions, is told in Same Kind of Different as Me, a word-of-mouth, best-selling book written with his friend, Ron Hall. Their story begins when he meets Denver through his wife, Deborah Hall, who works in the local homeless shelter. Denver was living on the streets of Fort Worth, Texas. Miss Debbie, as she is referred to by Denver, dreamt of this poor man with wisdom that would change the city. And did he ever! A few years after her dream, Denver was honored as the Philanthropist of the Year for his ministry and fund-raising for the homeless in Forth Worth.

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Denver Moore & Ron Hall

Denver spoke at more than 400 fund-raising events and countless radio and TV shows. He attained rock star status with fans, but the only introduction he ever wanted was, “Tell ’em I’m a NOBODY that is trying’ to tell EVERYBODY about SOMEBODY that can save ANYBODY.” And he did. That “SOMEBODY” was Jesus, and Denver woke up in His arms on March 31, 2012. His famous quote and the final words in his book are, “We are all homeless workin’ our way home.” Welcome home, friend; you were a good and faithful servant. – Ron Hall

In honor of the upcoming debut of the movie, Same Kind of Different As Me, which officially hits theaters this Friday, October 20th, ANFA has partnered with Beacon Partners, Medalist Capital, and R.B. Pharr to host a private showing of the movie at Phillips Place Theaters on Wednesday, October 18th before it opens to the general public. Tickets to the event are complimentary by emailing events@anneneilsonfineart.com with your name, phone number, and number of tickets requested.

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Denver showing off one of his paintings

Denver used art spoken through images, scripture, and symbols to convey his strong beliefs and values. Despite his lack of training, Denver’s artworks are very powerful and depict the special and unique life he led. His journey starts as a struggling homeless man and ends as a dynamic influencer who made a large impact on the world. His art is created from the heart and   his subjects range from self-portraits, crosses, angels, scenes from his books, and animals. His unpredictable use of color expresses his different emotions.

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Three paintings by Denver on view at ANFA

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Self Portrait by Denver