Chris Cox


Contact Information

chris@chriscoxart.com

http://www.chriscoxart.com/

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Painting

Artist's Statement

As an abstract artist, I am informed and inspired by the aging stone in structures such as walls, buildings, bridges and other eroding objects that I have seen in Europe, South America and North Africa. My paintings attempt to capture their history, evolution and erosion.

I see things in the stone – an abstract landscape, an atmosphere, other worlds. They are not just still, quiet and hard matter. There is so much there. A whole world exists. They explode with a history. I try to imagine what the stone has gone through – the destruction it has experienced from years of exposure to the changing environment.

I work in oil on canvas, using primarily oil sticks. I use very few if any brushes. I prefer palette knives, scrapers and any tools that give me the texture and surface I am looking for in the painting. But to be clear, I am not painting stone structures or old walls. I am painting what I see in them. The stone surface is my muse, my inspiration.

I start my paintings with a roughly applied ground, then add and build layers of paint over time until it develops a rich history. Sometimes there are as many as ten layers – each could be a painting in its own right – until I arrive at the final composition. I try to court the unexpected and allow the process to reveal or uncover what is there.

In some of the paintings, a landscape, seascape or even a moonscape may appear. In others, it is an atmosphere that evolves. But they all reveal a texture and sometimes may even have a sculptural effect. There is a tactile quality to my paintings. I want the viewer to see the artist’s hand in my work. Some of the paintings are loose and suggestive, while others are hard-edged and exacting. I allow my interpretive colors and sense of light and texture to flow from the painting that evolves. I think of these paintings as peaceful and otherworldly with a sense of mystery.

I feel my work resonates with the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which celebrates the beauty in imperfection and the acceptance of the decay that time, weather and nature leave behind. I see the beauty in the aging stone structures and try to convey that in my paintings.

While working on these paintings, I have learned about the pietra paesina or landscape stones, which revealed scenes and were collected and displayed as natural objects of contemplation during the Renaissance. Those stones, a Florentine marble, have natural veining of iron and manganese oxide, which over the centuries has given the stone an abstract appearance of a landscape. I feel a connection with this bit of history.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2014
Gallery at Second, Harrisburg, PA

2011
Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

Group
2016
Spring Gala, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Annual Juried Exhibition, Tri-State Artists Equity, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

2015
Annual Juried Exhibition, Tri-State Artists Equity, Wallingford, PA

Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Juried Exhibition

Spring Gala, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition
Juror’s Award

National Juried Exhibition, Lancaster County Art Association, Strasburg, PA

Art+Science Taubman Institute Benefit at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

2014
5-Artist, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
Invitational

Navigation Puzzle, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
Juried Exhibition

215/610: Juried Painting Exhibition of Regional Emerging Artists, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

2013
Sea and Sky, Liz Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
National Juried Exhibition

85th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, PA

CE Student Juried Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Honorable Mention Award

2012
84th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, PA

69th Annual Juried Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

Annual Community Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The World of the Professional Artist Juried Exhibition, Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artist, Conshohocken, PA

2011
Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Memory, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

148th Annual Small Oil Paintings Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

68th Annual Juried Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

2010
Absolutely Abstract Juried Exhibit, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

And You Shows Us Yours, Nichols Berg Gallery, Chestnut Hill, PA

2008
Annual Juried Show, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces Finalists for Annual ‘Art of the State’ Exhibition, Awards Set for June 28,” PR Newswire, June 9, 2015

Hughes, Ellen “Textures in Nature and Architecture Stand Out,” The Patriot News, Harrisburg, PA, October 23, 2014

Hughes, Ellen “Textures in Nature and Architecture Stand Out in Art Association of Harrisburg’s Invitational Exhibition,” Penn Live, October 20, 2014

“Juror’s Discussion: Dr. Donald Kuspit on Painting 215/610 Annual Juried Exhibition,” Philadelphia Magazine Online, September 2013

“Diverse Media Set to Dazzle Viewers in Eclectic Show,” Art Association of Harrisburg Newsletter, Fall 2014

Studio Visit: What’s Your Creative Inspiration?Artsy Shark, January 2015

Professional Affiliations

Professional Artist Program, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists Equity Association, Havertown, PA

Awards and Honors

Juror’s Award, Spring Gala 2015, Juried Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Honorable Mention Award, CE Student Juried Exhibition 2013, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Publications

“The Art of Promotion,” Professional Artist Magazine, June/July 2014

Collections

Private collections in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Michigan

Education

Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, PA
MPA, BA

Continuing Education
Woodmere Art Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Main Line Art Center
Wayne Art Center