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John Richard Fox
Nisaba

1977

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Nisaba is one of the most magnificant large-scale paintings created by master painter John Fox during his abstract period. Fox declared this painting to be one of his own personal favorites, citing the rich layers of texture, subtle color shifts and the way the the light interacts with the work. A textured response to color-field works, Fox used multiple colors in layers that become apparent as the light shifts. This painting is almost impossible to photograph. While at first glance it might seem monochromatic in shades of aubergine, it has rich undertones of mauve, turquoise, pale green, gold and deep blue. The lines that are sketched into the surface of the painting are visible from some angles and not others - circles and lines dance across the surface. During his life, John Richard Fox received many accolades for his exhibitions in North America and Europe. With a palette that is reminiscent of the great Gorgio Morandi, he made a significant contribution to abstract painting in the 1970s and 80s. Abstract works by John Fox from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s describe the freedom of the world of sensations. Layers of luxurious color and light, enigmatic shapes, plays of thick and thin, contrasts of near and far in an intimate shallow space define Fox’s painterly achievement. In works from 1972 to 1976, bands of joyous color gently overlap or nudge against each other, like colored air. Towards the mid 1970s, Fox’s paintings became more simplified and more dramatic. Geometric color shapes float one on top of the other and paint texture becomes more insistently sensuous. As the 1970s progressed, Fox’s remaking of architectural forms, evoking the palazzi of Venice, are increasingly seductive through his intensely colored tactile surfaces. From the late 1970s to the early 80s, he reinvented abstraction by using tape to construct a fantastic world of rectangles, circles and indefinable shapes that dance across the multi-colored surface. Fox’s late abstractions mesh the inner world of sensations with subtle references to landscape and the body, in a sophisticated celebration of the power and pleasure of painting.

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  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 89 in. x W 66 in.H 226.06 cm x W 167.64 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Bloomfield, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU291762252
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