Nigel Cox/ Nigel Cox

Ireland 1959

Painting

www.njcox.com

Nigel Cox
Nigel Cox
Male
Ireland
1959

Nigel Cox is an Irish figurative painter, who grew up in a small town of Dundalk in Ireland, and traveled the globe on a major Transglobe Expedition, which deeply influenced his style and determined the nature of his artistic career. The exhibition was led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes and for three years he traveled the world on land and sea, circling around North and South pole. He started his first serious drawings on this journey. He paints in a minimalist manner to emphasize the realistic character of his artwork. He is inspired by ordinary people and their everyday lives, by modern man’s adventures in routine-land, by fast paced living that takes away the joyful moments of quiet breaks.

Nigel Cox - North Pole Sanction, 2015
Nigel Cox – North Pole Sanction, 2015

Biography

Nigel Cox grew up with three sisters and left his home in 1977 in order to study marine radio and radar technology in Liverpool, UK. He graduated the Riversdale College of Technology and became a Radio Officer in the Navy. After the graduation, he joined the Transglobe Exhibition, and when he returned he moved to London in 1989. During the exhibition, he experienced firsthand the cold, ice, living in solitude, isolation, how it feels when the personal physical and psychological limits must be defeated, all of which led him to paint. He started painting with watercolors and oil on canvas, and in 2004 he started exhibiting his work internationally and at many art fairs.

Cox paints in a minimalistic manner to emphasize the realistic character of his artwork

Nigel Cox - The Gift, 2015 (Left), Little Black Book (Right)
Nigel Cox – The Gift, 2015 (Left) / Little Black Book (Right)

Oblivious Population

He is mostly known, and personally favors the oil on linen technique, but throughout his career worked with digital illustration, watercolors, drawing and graphic works. Oil on linen gives him the opportunity to photo-realistically paint his subjects. In 2014 he held a solo exhibition entitled Oblivious in which he showed many faces of contemporary lifestyle. The paintings show independence, solitude, but certain self-confidence and harmony in lives of young people who hide their face behind smartphone screens and computers, books or walk the city streets being lost in their own inner thoughts and dreams.

Cox’s paintings show independence, solitude, and self-confidence of young people

Nigel Cox - Anthony's Army, 2015
Nigel Cox – Anthony’s Army, 2015

Soft Vague Backgrounds as a Form of Escapism

The idea for his figurative paintings came to him while he was waiting for a bus in Liverpool. He saw a pretty girl reading a book, photographed her and wondered how no one paid attention to that sight of beauty. It is because the fast living and constant career chaos that people do not have time to stop and enjoy life, so Cox decided to develop a new way of painting the backgrounds of his paintings, where he uses whitish and gray fog-like surfaces. The background slows down the tempo, giving the subject a more peaceful environment to move to. The vague background shows the social and economic oblivion of the young modern population.

The artist is represented by the Galerie Heggeman.

Nigel Cox lives and works in London.

Featured image: Nigel Cox – Portrait of the artist (Detail), image via Eventusmagazine.com
All images courtesy of the Galerie Hegemann

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Group ExhibitionGormleys Fine Art, Dublin 2, IrelandGroup
2015Group ExhibitionGallery ELL,War on Terror, New YorkGroup
2015Group ExhibitionRarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece,Group
2015Group ExhibitionBarbara Stanley Gallery, 27 Connaught Street, London UKGroup
2014Oblivious, Coates & Scarry8 Duke Street, Mayfair, London, UKSolo
2014Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, Art Wynwood, Miami, FloridaGroup
2014Group ExhibitionGalerie Lindengrun, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2013SanguineElisabeth Weinstock and Coates & Scarry, LA, CaliforniaGroup
2013Coates & ScarryPhiladelphia Street Gallery, Bristol, UKGroup
2013Stroke Urban Art Fair - Coates & ScarryMunich, GermanyGroup
2013Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2013TrailblazersCoates & Scarry, Above Second Gallery, HongkongGroup
2012Coates & Scarry12 Perry Road, Bristol, UKGroup
2012Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2012Coates & ScarryRoving Gallery, Art Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2012Group ExhibitionRarity Gallery Summer Salon Show, Mykonos, GreeceGroup
2012Group ExhibitionGalerie Lindengrun, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2011Nigel CoxGX Gallery, Denmark Hill, London, UKSolo
2011Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2011Art LondonDesign Centre, Islington, London, UKGroup
2010Nigel CoxGX Gallery, Denmark Hill, London, UKSolo
2010Clifford Chance Pride ExhibitionClifford Chance Building, Canary Wharf, LondonGroup
2010Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2010London Art FairDesign Centre, Islington, London, UKGroup
2009Nigel CoxGX Gallery, Denmark Hill, London, UKSolo
2009Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2009Group ExhibitionTracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2009London Art FairDesign Centre, Islington, London, UKGroup
2008Nigel CoxGX Gallery, Denmark Hill, London, UKSolo
2008The Royal Society of Portrait PaintersMall Galleries, London, UKGroup
2008Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2008Group ExhibitionTracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2008London Art FairDesign Centre, Islington, London, UKGroup
2007Nigel CoxGX Gallery, Denmark Hill, London, UKSolo
2007Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2007Group ExhibitionTracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2007London Art FairDesign Centre, Islington, London, UKGroup
2007Courcoux & CourcouxStockbridge, Hants, UKGroup
2006Nigel CoxGX Gallery, Denmark Hill, London, UKSolo
2006Nigel Cox - Dual exhibitionGallery 27, Cork St, London, UKDuo
2006Group ExhibitionGallery 27, Cork St, London, UKGroup
2006Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2006Group ExhibitionTracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland, UKGroup
2006London Art FairDesign Centre, Islington, London, UKGroup
2006Courcoux & CourcouxStockbridge, Hants, UKGroup
2005Nigel CoxGX Gallery, Denmark Hill, London, UKSolo
2005Group ExhibitionThe Laurin Gallery, Santa Margherita, ItalyGroup
2005Cannes Art FairCannes, FranceGroup
2005Group ExhibitionQuantum Contemporary Art, London, UKGroup
2005Group ExhibitionTracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland, UKGroup
2005Contemporary Art FairNew York City, USAGroup
2004Nigel CoxGX Gallery, Denmark Hill, London, UKSolo
2004RCA – Secret Postcard ExhibitionRoyal College of Arts, London, UKGroup
2004Group ExhibitionSolomon Gallery, Dublin, IrelandGroup
2004Group ExhibitionGormley’s Gallery, Omagh, Belfast, N. IrelandGroup
2004Group ExhibitionTracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland, UKGroup
2004Group ExhibitionArthouse, Brighton, UKGroup