John Fox, ‘Untitled No 7903’, 1979, Oeno Gallery
John Fox, ‘Untitled No 7903’, 1979, Oeno Gallery
John Fox, ‘Untitled No 7903’, 1979, Oeno Gallery

Extraordinary layering of warm maroon, pink, green and blue hues. The work also includes the "tape" drawing element which was a hallmark of work during this period.

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. 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.

Fox was one of Canada's important painters. He has influenced generations of painters during his tenure as a professor at Concordia University in Monteal.

His work was regularly exhibited in Venice and in Canada during his lifetime. This painting was part of a touring exhibition that crossed Canada in the early 1980s, with exhibitions in several public institutions.

This work was recently released by his estate.