My solo exhibition "Terra Incognita" opens at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles on February 24th. In this new body of work, I've continued to expand on the mythological narrative of the Border Creatures, a race of hybrid beings that populate my work. The paintings in this show chronicle a time of conflict in the lives of the Border Creatures. These characters are forced to adapt in order to survive the spectral forces threatening to destroy them and their forested home, the Borderlands. These new works examine the interconnectedness between human identity and nature, and ultimately serve as a celebration of otherness.
Opening Reception: Saturday February 24 7-11pm
On view February 24- March 24
Solo Show at beinArt Gallery
I'm thrilled to announce my forthcoming solo exhibition at beinArt Gallery, "Sensory Garden." Follow me on Instagram (@adriancoxart) or Facebook (facebook.com/adriancoxart) for sneak peeks of this new body of work!
"Sensory Garden" opens on June 3rd
Myth & Mutation at Beinart Gallery
beinArt Gallery presents Myth and Mutation, an exhibition of new paintings featuring Christopher Ulrich’s mythological mashups, Adrian Cox’s luscious grotesquery and Amanda Sage’s inter dimensional visions.
Myth and Mutation opens Saturday December 10th. The exhibition preview is available here.
In case you missed it, here is the full recording of my public studio talk with St. Louis Art Museum curator Simon Kelly. This event was made possible by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
The Beinart Gallery Small Works Exhibition preview is up and running. It looks like it's going to be a fantastic show! Check it out here: https://shop.beinart.org/collections/small-works-group-show-2016-over-55-artists-ron-english-josh-keyes-henrik-uldalen-jana-brike-tiffany-bozic-more
I will be a part of Corey Helford Gallery's 10th Anniversary Exhibition. The show opens of Saturday August 27th. More info HERE.
Next month, I will have three paintings on view at BeinArt Gallery in Melbourne Australia for a Small Works Exhibition. More info HERE.
I have a six-page feature and interview in Issue #26 of Hey! Art Magazine. The interview is printed in both English and French. Purchasing info for Hey! Art Magazine can be found HERE.
Paintings by Adrian Cox and Samantha Haring
Art NXT Level Projects (Chicago)
June 17 to July 29, 2016
Opening Reception: June 29 from 7 to 10 pm
Artists Talk: July 15 at 8pm
More info HERE.
Ineffable magazine wrote an article about my work! Check it out HERE.
"Cox disrupts the traditional way we confront beauty in art, using portraiture and landscape to create a simultaneously seductive and repulsive subject. His portraits are of deformed creatures morphing to their environment, mutated, or sporting open wounds. The landscapes are at times vibrant and colourful, and other times, dark and ominous. Cox states, "There’s a comic absurdity in some of the works that I think makes the characters more relatable. It’s hard to be terrified by a creature that has a bird or butterflies perched on its head, or one that’s wearing a garland of flowers. With the Grotesque, there’s also a level of the unknown and the unfamiliar, which I’m deeply interested in." Despite the fantastical setting and hints of mythology, Cox's paintings speak to a subtler realism where beauty and monstrosity coincide."
I was recently invited to write a guest blog entry for WOWXWOW, and wrote a short essay on beauty.
Fields of Wonder: Some Thoughts on Beauty
"When Tim first asked me to write something for WOW x WOW, I initially planned to elaborate on some aspect of my process, or perhaps speak about some of the influences in my work. But something much bigger (and more difficult to pin down) has been occupying my thoughts recently. About a month ago, I had a group discussion with my painting class about the role that beauty plays in the field of contemporary art. A number of the students made really great points about it being a tool of sorts, an instrument for seducing a viewer into caring about what you have to say. I think that this is true to some extent, but this explanation seems awfully meagre for something that countless philosophers, poets, and artists have invested entire careers in studying. And given the amount of time that I spend fussing over ornament and surface in my studio, I really have to count myself amongst their ranks. So what is it about beauty that occupies my imagination so forcefully? I’d like to present some personal musings here about this visual force that drives my work."
"Lusus Naturae," a solo exhibition of my work, opens at Rogue Community College in Grant's Pass, Oregon next week. The exhibition will highlight a series of portraits that feature grotesque and hybrid creatures. Lusus Naturae translates to “whim of nature,” and refers to something that is deformed to the extent that it defies naturalistic classification; these paintings celebrate such transgressive forms, blurring the thin line that separates beauty from monstrosity.
More info HERE.
I will also have a painting on view in the group exhibition "Selfie" at Stephanie Chefas Projects in Portland. There will be an opening reception on April 8th.
For "Selfie," participating artists were invited to unlock the shackles of tradition and take the notion of 'self' as a launch pad for pure creative expression. Looking deep within, each artist went beyond the flesh to offer profound glimpses into their souls. The result is a truly spectacular array of intimate iconography from some of the contemporary art scene's most exciting talents. "Selfie" features new work from John Felix Arnold III, Ana Bagayan, Jana Brike, Adrian Landon Brooks, Adrian Cox, Vanessa Foley, Monica Kim Garza, Caleb Hahne, Maria Kreyn, Mike Lee, Brian Mashburn, Mako Miyamoto, Jennifer Nehrbass, Jeff P., Meryl Pataky, Erik Mark Sandberg, Lucien Shapiro, Kevin Sloan, Marnie White, Kristen Liu Wong, and Christine Wu. The works range from familiar to abstract and unite under the banner of one theme: that these images best represent the notion of 'self' to the artist.
More info HERE.
I will also have a painting in the group show "Freak Out!" at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. There will be an opening reception on April 15th.
More info HERE.