Chris Cox

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Artist's Biography

Chris Cox is an abstract artist represented by Bluestone Fine Art Gallery in Old City Philadelphia. She was selected to be the featured artist for Bluestone at the inaugural Philadelphia Fine Art Fair held in 2019.

In 2018,Chris had three paintings selected for one of the movie sets for the film Creed II. Her work was also selected for Art of the State 2015 and an Invitational Exhibition at the Art Association of Harrisburg.

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

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.

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

She has been a member of Tri-State Artist Equity and a Professional Artist Member at Main Line Art Center. Chris’ paintings are in private collections in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Michigan and Alaska. Her work is also featured on InLiquid.org and Artsy.net.

Her Masters and Bachelor degrees are from Penn State University.

Artist's Statement

Through my most recent abstract landscapes, I try to visually interpret what I have seen and experienced throughout the world. I am drawn to the fluid relationship between water, sky and earth. I feel the ever-changing skies give way to a constant play of light and dark upon the earth and water.

Some of my earlier abstract landscapes were inspired 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 see the beauty in the aging stone and try to convey that in some of my paintings.

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 be open to the unexpected and allow the process to reveal or uncover what is there. That is when the painting becomes what it wants to be.

As with most of my painting, I think of this work as peaceful and meditative with a sense of mystery.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2019
Featured Artist, Philadelphia Fine Art Fair/Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
SYNERGY/Contemporary Landscapes, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Artist Talk Exhibition, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

2014
Gallery at Second, Harrisburg, PA

Invitational Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA

2011
Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

Group
2020
Seeing The Story Woodmere Annual 79th Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Rescheduled to 2021

2019
Professional Artist 2019 Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Annual Juried Exhibition, Tri-State Artist Equity, Wallingford, PA

2018
Professional Artist 2018 Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

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

Annual Juried Exhibition, New Hope Art League, Doylestown, PA

2017
Annual Juried Exhibition, Tri-State Artists Equity, Wallingford, PA

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
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

Lear, Len. "Hill artist featured in major art fair this weekend", The Chestnut Hill Local, Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2019

"2019 Guide Museums Galleries Artists", Art in America, August 2019

"2018 Guide Museums Galleries Artists", Art in America, August 2018

"2017 Guide Museums Galleries Artists", Art in America, August 2017

"2016 Guide Museumes Galleries Artist", Art in America, August, 2016

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, Michigan and Alaska

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