John Moffitt

A student of art from an early age, Southern California native John Moffitt took up painting after leaving college in 1969. By the early seventies his exhibited oil paintings were winning awards in both traditional and modern categories and his tromp l’oeil or surrealistic styled works were added to area collections. Over the decades, Moffitt has honed his crafts as a fine artist, muralist, illustrator and scenic artist, always exhibiting a masterful handling of draftsmanship and the tools of the trade.
In 1973 Moffitt worked with muralist Garth Benton to create the murals for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu (now referred to as the Villa). The pair went on to collaborate through the seventies and eighties to create murals decorating the homes of many celebrities and notables including Jaclyn Smith, Bob Hope, Gerald Ford and Gordon Getty.
His interest in large scale painting eventually led him to the motion picture industry in 1975 where he worked as a motion picture Scenic Artist creating hundreds of monumental landscapes and cityscape backdrops and well as murals, fine art and portraiture for films and television. From Goonies to Ghost Busters, the Lethal Weapon series, the Batman series and the Ironman series to Benjamin Button, Moffitt’s artwork has graced the screen, his work often “hidden in plain sight.” During this time period he also executed murals for clients such as the MGM Grand Hotel, Gelson’s Markets, Lockheed Aircraft and the Samuel Goldwyn Museum, and found time to illustrate album covers and artwork for Capitol Records and to design logos and commercial artwork for record company executives. Moffitt ceased actively creating artwork for the entertainment industry in 2006 to be engaged by the Art Directors Guild as its Associate Executive Director.
Moffitt retired from the Art Directors Guild in 2014 to devote himself to painting fine artwork full time.