John Richard Fox
Abstraction in Blue
1986

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An ocean of turquoise, sapphire and kelp washes into the large vertical picture plane but is contained by passages of light yellow, purple from above and a narrative of black, grown, coral and dense tinted blue from below. The colors meet at a small circle cleft in two by light grey and periwinkle. The whole swirls like a jetty revealing the subject of the work: sensation through color.

Created in 1986, this painting closes a chapter in Fox's career as he moved towards figurative work.

"I am a painter, that's all I've done for thirty years. I've never believed in talent, only in interest, and in work. Art is a terrifically long-term thing. You find out about yourself first. The rest comes later, sometimes much later."- John Fox Fox's early work was steeped in the traditions of modern Anglophone landscape painting such as that of his teacher Goodridge Roberts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts school as well as the intimiste interiors of Bonnard. In the early 1970s, in a dramatic departure Fox left figurative painting to explore the light filled colors and sensibilities of the Mediterranean. His oeuvre shifted in 1986 when he returned to figurative painting. John Fox (1927-2008, Montreal, PQ) is a significant artist in Canadian art history. His work is found in major public, corporate and private collections across Canada, the US and Europe. Including the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Museum London, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, Musèe d'art contemporain de Montrèal, Confederation Art Gallery and more.
Untitled 1986
Framed 71.25 x 51.25 inches

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    70 in. H x 50 in. W
  • Seller Location
    Bloomfield, Canada
  • Reference Number
    LU2911857653
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