Porphyry Plan by John Fox

Acrylic on Canvas
71.5 × 61.5 inches
181.61 × 156.21 cm
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Periwinkle, canary and lime frame a painterly layer of pale emerald in this elegant composition by John Fox. Created in 1974, this painting marks the beginning of a dramatic chapter in Fox's career where his early work, inspired by European Intimism, gave way to abstraction. The hue, tone and personality of this painting were inspired by Mediterranean light and Venetian frescoes -- perhaps Paolo Veronese's Apotheosis of Venice at the Palazzo Ducale or Giotto's biblical scenes at the Scrovegni chapel. John Fox (1927-2008) attended McGill University, the École des Beaux-arts de Montréal and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, School of Art and Design. In 1952, he studied at the Slade School of Art, University of London, followed by two years in Florence and Paris. Fox spent time in Venice where his early work, inspired by European Intimism, gave way to large abstract canvases that explored the light-filled colours of the Mediterranean. Fox's artwork is held in many private, corporate and public collections including the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Museum London, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.

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