Painting, Contemporary art

Steven Cox

United Kingdom 1986


Steven Cox
Steven Cox
United Kingdom
January 20, 2015
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Steven Cox is a contemporary painter whose work is based on investigating and deconstructing elements that surround formalism and structuralism. His approach includes a genuine interest in color, contrast, materiality, process, and surface but he also incorporates unconventional and destructive processes that in a certain way weaken the intrinsic nature of painting.

Steven was born in Aberdeen in 1986. He got his BA in Fine Art, Painting in particular at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee and three years later obtain a master degree in Arts, at the Contemporary Art Theory & Gallery Curating at Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh.

Since his early age Steven was infatuated with drawing and painting. As an undergraduate student, he researched the topic of painting, traveled to Berlin, Leipzig, New York and Italy and even was appointed as a painting teacher in the US, as he spent the summer there. Leipzig influenced him the most due his infatuation with Kippenberger.

One of his strongest influences is definitely Robert Burns and his collection of poems, a book Steven proudly owns. Cox admitted her returned to the book over and over and realized that the pattern is repeating itself. The reason behind his constant returning was the desire to read the true Scottish language. As he said in one of his interviews:” It is difficult to parallel the texts to anything else, particularly because Robert Burns was taught to me when I was only 8 years old when in primary school so I feel an affinity to his writings. His poems also have a huge cultural value, though it is difficult to avoid Robert Burns when living in Scotland. His face is/was on our currency, and as a figure, he regularly represents Scotland in many ways. “In one of his exhibitions which took place in 2014 he painted the pictures to form a personal response to Robert Burns as a poet, but also to investigate the notion and the significance of the language within painting. Steven strongly believes that paintings possess their own language and each painting is a visual equivalent to a written word.

Steven Cox currently lives and works in Ediburgh, Scotland.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015UntitledAnnarumma Gallery, Naples, January – FebruarySolo
2015UntitledGalerie Derouillon, Paris, February - MarchGroup
2014 OdeHalsey McKay Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014 RemnantsSmart Gallery, AberdeenSolo
2014 UntitledAna Cristea Gallery, New YorkGroup
2014 VolatileGalleri Jacob Bjørn, AarhusGroup
2014 Ghost CurrentV1 Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2014 Morphol ScowlPiccadilly PlaceGroup
2013 Clinging To The WreckageOld Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh­Solo
2013 Paint On Paint OffHalsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, New YorkGroup
2013 Annual Royal Scottish Academy, EdinburghGroup
2012 151st Open,The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, GlasgowGroup
2012 Roaming Wild PasturesOld Ambulance Depot, EdinburghSolo
2011 BYOBParris Projects, EdinburghGroup
2010 Dualism99 Hanover Projects, EdinburghGroup
2010 It’s a Stick Up99 Hanover Projects, EdinburghGroup
2009 Members ExhibitionGenerator projects, DundeeGroup
2008 New Generation ArtistsThe Compass Gallery, GlasgowGroup
2008 New ContemporariesRoyal Scottish Academy, EdinburghGroup
2008 New ContemporariesGenerator Projects, DundeeGroup