Kris Cox

About Kris Cox

Kris Cox, an artist living and working in a studio/residence he built in Basalt, CO, just down valley from Aspen, has been exhibiting professionally since 1980. He received an MFA from RISD, and was an assistant professor of art at San Diego State University until he resigned in 1982 to become a full-time artist.

Kris Cox has had over 50 one-man shows, and has works in many museum and other prestigious collections.

The threads that run through Cox’s various bodies of work, (Photobased Works on Mylar, 2009, Alchemy Series, 2008, Site Series, 2008, Concentric Episode Series,1995-ongoing, Curtain Series, 2002-ongoing, FourLetter Word Series, 2007-2008, include a strong  conceptual basis, often referencing time and memory. His  works have a great sense of “objectness”; whether sculpture, ‘constructed’ paintings, or ‘constructed’ photo images digitally printed on layers of mylar.  Transformation of materials is evident throughout, his mediums including pigmented wood putties, cast patinated lead, digital printing on mylar, and cast pigmented beeswax among others.  Heat, what Joseph Beuys has called a metaphor for thought, is often employed by Cox to create his art.  

Also, one feels an organic quality throughout, due to the qualites of the  very sensual surfaces.

It is Kris Cox’s intention that his pieces are seductive from a distance, and upon close inspection, reward the viewer with nuance and an intimate beauty, which he does not feel is anachronistic.