Art - Paintings - Allen Cox


Allen Cox is a well-known Pacific Northwest abstract painter, a native Oregonian, now residing in Knoxville, TN. Cox has been showing his work nationally since 1982 and held his first international exhibition in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2003. He holds an MFA in painting from the University of Oregon, where he studied with the highly regarded Pacific Northwest abstract painter Frank Okada. Galleries in Knoxville, TN; Portland, OR; Laguna Beach, CA; and Christchurch, New Zealand represent Allen Cox.

“My art finds its basis in 20th century abstraction, yet at the same time includes pictorial elements not usually accepted in pure abstraction. I feel such contradictions add to the complexity of my densely constructed images. These paintings also reflect my years of work as an archaeologist in Oregon. The multi-layered textural surfaces echo the stratified remnants of past events, for instance, while the abstracted reductive figures that often inhabit the work allow for open-ended interpretation in much the same way that prehistoric pictographs operate.”





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