How does your work address the relationship between the human and the natural world?
My first love in Painting is plein air. Painting in itself is exciting enough, but when painting outside, it is very difficult not to feel connected and energized. There is an elemental, primal aspect to it working outside. Being in the elements, with changing light and changing weather conditions, while I am translating the information that is pumping through me, everything becomes amped up. Last Winter I had the need to pare things down in the landscape, so I went into my studio the for a while to work with one big form in space, my head, with the hopes that it would inform my work in plein air.
Rick Fox lives in Kittery, the southernmost coastal town of Maine. He is represented by Gallery Naga, Boston and JP Art Gallery, London. In 2020, following a late 2019 Ballinglen Arts Foundation painting fellowship Balleycastle, Ireland, Rick had solo exhibitions and was part of group exhibitions at both Gallery NAGA and JP Art Gallery. Gallery NAGA, Boston: May 2020 “Postcards from County Mayo” / July 2020 “Virtual Summer Camp, New Work by NAGA artists”. JP Art Gallery, London: “Rick Fox Paintings, June 2020” / “Group Exhibition, June-July 2020.” Other recent exhibits in include Bowery Gallery, NYC: July 2020 “29th Annual Juried Competition,” Prince Street Gallery, NYC: July 2020 “Annual National Juried Show,” and The Circle Gallery Annapolis, Maryland: September 2019 “American Landscapes”. In 2018 he participated in the 2nd International Painting Plein Air Residency and exhibition in Latvia and a painting residency at Playa, in Summer Lake, Oregon. Among his many honors Fox is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and the William James Association to administer and teach a painting and drawing program at the Federal Prison, FMC Devens. He has been teaching painting and drawing full-time at the University of New Hampshire since 2010.