ArtworksJohn FoxStill Life with Coffee Pot , 19611927-2008Sold
Inscriptionssigned, ‘J.F’ (recto, lower left)
Continental Galleries, Montreal.
Private Collection, Ottawa.
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal;
Private Collection, Montreal.
ExhibitionsGalerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal, John Fox, Retrospective, September 11-25, 2010, no. 22.
— Fox’s painting from the late 1950s to 1972 describes his fascination with the familiar and non-dramatic aspects of daily life. ….it reflects Fox’s interpretation of the visual concerns of Degas, Bonnard, Vuillard and Matisse. Their visual reinvention of the quiet dramas of modern life inspired Fox’s work throughout his career and would influence his lifelong definitions of art, whether his images were representational or abstract. Closer to home, his articulate and sensitive response to his own experiences of the world around him suggests the concerns of such Montreal painters as John Lyman and Goodridge Roberts along with David Milne in Ontario. But most important to Fox was the work of James Wilson Morrice, whose quiet narratives encapsulate a moment in time without sentiment or artifice. Morrice’s sensitivity to the harmonious composing of shapes, spaces and tonalities inspired Fox’s images and his own painterly fusion of looking and transcribing what he saw and what he felt.
In contrast to many other Canadian figurative artists at the time, Fox had little interest in the grand narratives of the dramatic landscape. Instead, he preferred to paint those profound, intimate aspects of people, places and things that define the collective moments of our lives. It was this alternative vision of art that make Fox’s early work so important for redefining Canadian modernism and its new ways of expressing the familiar and the personal.
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc. hosted a retrospective exhibition of the works of John Fox in 2010 accompanied by an excellently written catalogue by Judith Hayes, M.A.
Sandra Paikowsky. “John Fox: An Overview” John Richard Fox. Accessed August 6, 2020 www.johnrichardfox.