One of my paintings from my In Our Veins series has found a new home in Washington. The title is Tethered and it is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ wide by 4″ high. Tethered is one of a collection of small works within the In Our Veins series. View more small paintings here:
I have a couple of exhibitions to mention: First, “The Coaster Show” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles is currently open. There will be a Closing Party this Sunday, September 27th from Noon to 6pm. I have one coaster left – Reflection – as seen in the YAY! LA Magazine preview article.
Coming up this October, I will be showing as part of the “Apocalypse Now” exhibit at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana. The exhibit starts October 10th, with an opening reception that evening from 6-9pm (in conjunction with Second Saturday Artwalk). The exhibit will remain up through January 6, 2016 so there will be plenty of time to check it out.
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One of the most popular questions I get about my art is what influences me as an artist. I could give a long list of disparate things, but really the biggest influence is nature. From a young age, I was concerned about the welfare of the planet, as well as animal welfare. Recycling and purchasing eco-friendly, cruelty-free products became a way of life for me.
Eventually a trip to the university library would lead to a significant change in my life. I came across a book about the the conditions of slaughterhouses and the horrible consequences they have on not only animals, but the workers, and the planet as well. Thinking this was a fluke, I looked for more information. After a lot of additional research, I kept finding the same horrible accounts, over and over again. I immediately became a vegetarian. A few years later I decided to take it up a notch and become a vegan.
By the time I started painting professionally, my artwork was becoming more surreal but also heavily influenced by my concern for the environment and animal welfare. I always used my art as a platform for raising awareness and asking questions, but I was looking to challenge myself even more both technically and conceptually. My current body of work, “In Our Veins,” explores the connections between all life forms and the process of the life cycle. This includes the interdependence of the human race to each other and to the rest of the animal kingdom, as well as the planet itself.
As my work reaches new audiences, there is a new opportunity for a dialogue between my art and the viewer. From there, maybe it will inspire them, get them questioning, or thinking about how they can bring forth positive change in the world.
Pathway, the coaster that I painted for La Luz de Jesus Gallery’s Coaster Show recently sold. Pathway is an acrylic on cardstock, 4″ tondo. I have one remaining coaster available- Reflection– which was just featured in Yay! LA Magazine’s preview article. If you are in Los Angeles any time soon, the exhibit is up through September 27th. And check out Reflection here: http://laluzdejesus.com/the-3rd-annual-coaster-show-harold-fox/#jp-carousel-16097
The Coaster Show, which I am participating in, officially opens tonight at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. Yay! LA Magazine did a preview about the exhibit and selected one of my pieces (Reflection) as one of the featured artworks. Read the article and check out a sample of the works featured here: http://www.yaylamag.com/coasting-its-way-into-your-heart/.
The show opens tonight from 8-11pm and will be up through September 27th (with a closing party that day from Noon to 6pm).
I like to paint. There was a time when I was scared to paint, thinking I wouldn’t be any good at it. I was used to drawing and liked the precision and control I had with it. Paint seemed messy and unforgiving. I can’t pinpoint exactly when I began to like painting. I think gradually I just learned to be less critical of my results thus allowing me more opportunity to work with paint. I like the tactile process of painting. I like filling in each square inch of a canvas, transforming it from a white blank space into a story. I like the toothy texture of the canvas. I like the look of the paint as it spreads across and fills in each crevice. I like the challenge of it even though it can be daunting. I just really like to paint.