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Paintings exhibition by Danny Fox at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London.

David Franchi – Friday, 14th November 2014.

Untitled © Danny Fox, co. Cocks' n' Bull Gallery

Untitled © Danny Fox, co. Cocks’ n’ Bull Gallery

It was an interesting exhibition ‘Paintings’ by Danny Fox, at the Cock ‘n Bull Gallery, London.

Danny Fox gets inspiration for his work from aspects of urbanity and underground, referring to Renaissance but using a contemporary style.

Producing mainly large canvasses, Danny Fox has many abilities with which he filters his personal experiences of Cornish living in London, and that he later transfers into his work. Located in an area which is between real and imagined, conventional or unconventional, the artist work reflects moments of his life.

Hanged up on the low ceilings of the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, the huge paintings overwhelm the viewer with countless colours, texture and imagery. In this body of work, simply entitled ‘Paintings’, Danny Fox presents a significantly new idea of assembly images and symbols, which he largely uses. Maybe, it is even too much because there is a large amount of symbols spread on his canvasses and I it is even difficult to understand.

For Danny Fox one idea does not exhaust itself in one painting but continues throughout the series, therefore various specific motifs and figures consistently repeat themselves.

Discovered and mentored by artist Sue Webster, Danny Fox was introduced to Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery by her, who found him drinking in her local boozer. A year after their first meet, Danny convinced Sue to visit him in his studio in Kentish Town, London, to look at his work and offer any comments.

Raised in St. Ives, the experience of art of Danny Fox comes from fisherman-artist Alfred Wallis and his extensive naïve depictions of local fishing boats. Later Danny Fox moved to London. He has proceeded to develop an artistic career. Having no formal tuition, he is opposed to the title of ‘self-taught’ artist, preferring his art to be a case of ‘going for it.’

The mix of personal life experience is the inspiration of Danny Fox, including a variety of nights and days in pubs filled with strippers, borrowed aesthetics seen on his travels, imagined characters such as Stella (an ode to the British tourist) or even encounters with the Ladyboys of Bangkok.

The exhibition Paintings was at the Cock’n’Bull Gallery from 17th October until 8th November 2014, Old Street, London.

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