John Fox, ‘Untitled No 7804’, 1978, Oeno Gallery
John Fox, ‘Untitled No 7804’, 1978, Oeno Gallery
John Fox, ‘Untitled No 7804’, 1978, Oeno Gallery
John Fox, ‘Untitled No 7804’, 1978, Oeno Gallery
John Fox, ‘Untitled No 7804’, 1978, Oeno Gallery
John Fox, ‘Untitled No 7804’, 1978, Oeno Gallery

An excellent example of this important abstract painter's work. Held in the Fox estate since his death, it has subtle layers of color, texture and expression. Thin layers of mauve, green, blue, gold and brown interact in surprising and delightful ways in this work.

In 1978, he was painting on the floor -a strategy that further freed him from the traditions of painting. Removing the support from the stretcher gave Fox the liberty to work from all directions, allowing the process of painting to be filled with endless possibilities for experimentation. He also began using sponges, strips of cardboard, and knives to apply the paint on the canvas. At the same time, he placed more defined shapes of color at the upper and lower edges of the canvas as a way of defying traditional notions of gravity. To give more weight and definition to his images, Fox added a new type of drawing done with masking tape to the central areas of the canvas. The placement and removal of the tape make calligraphic lines that dance across the surface. These organic playful shapes also resemble graffiti and they completely negate the geometry found in his first abstractions. By the end of the decade, the drawn forms on the surface had developed into larger eccentric organic shapes with a new luminosity. The sensuous color allowed the surface to breathe, to inhale and exhale in quiet rhythms. Fox has said: "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."

About John Fox

Canadian, 1927-2008, Montreal, QC, Canada

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