Chris Cox


Contact Information

chris@chriscoxart.com

http://www.chriscoxart.com/

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Painting

Artist's Biography

Chris Cox is a Philadelphia-area abstract artist. She is represented by Bluestone Fine Art Gallery in Old City. Her work is featured on InLiquid.com and Amazon.com fine art. She is a member of Tri-State Artist Equity and a Professional Artist Member at Main Line Art Center, which is a juried membership. Chris’ paintings are in private collections in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Michigan.

Her work was selected to be in the Art of the State 2015. In 2014, she was in a five-artist Invitational Exhibition at the Art Association of Harrisburg.

Chris has had three solo exhibitions. She also has had many paintings in juried shows, including Main Line Art Center, the Delaware Contemporary, Lancaster County Art Association, Tri State Artist Equity, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists, Abington Art Center, Philadelphia Sketch Club and Woodmere Art Museum.

Chris received a Juror’s Award at the Main Line Art Center’s 2015 Spring Gala Exhibition and an Honorable Mention Award in 2013 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Juried CE Student Exhibition.

Recent news articles about the artist and her work have appeared in the Chestnut Hill Local, the Harrisburg Patriot News, the Art Association of Harrisburg Newsletter and pennlive.com. Chris also co-authored an article that was published in Professional Artist Magazinein 2014.

She has both her Masters and Bachelor degrees from Penn State University.

Artist's Statement

As an abstract artist, my work is inspired and informed by the aging stone in eroding walls, buildings and other structures. I see things in the stone surface – an abstract landscape, an atmosphere, other worlds. I imagine the destruction the stone surface has experienced from years of exposure to the changing environment.

I work with oil on canvas, using primarily oil sticks, palette knives, scrapers and any tools that give me the texture and surface I want. With some of my paintings, I start with a ground of ceramic stucco to increase the tactile quality. I build layers of paint until the painting develops a rich history and texture. I want the viewer to see the artist’s hand in my work. I try to court the unexpected and allow the process to reveal or uncover what is there.

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 and try to convey that in my paintings.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2017
InLiquid Exhibition at The Courtyard by Marriott at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Gallery at Second, Harrisburg, PA

2011
Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

Group
2017
5th Annual Juried Exhibition, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

11th Annual Juried Exhibition, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA

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

6th Annual Juried Show, Artists of Yardley, Yardley, PA

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

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