Gormleys Fine Art are delighted to present “The Lost: A Series of Artworks – Coloured Through the Prism of the Pandemic”, a solo exhibition by Nigel Cox which will be shown in their Belfast gallery from 17th -31st October 2020.
Nigel Cox, an Irish artist, grew up in Dundalk, Co. Louth. Based in London, UK he shows internationally with recent group and solo exhibitions in London, Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Mykonos, Italy, Germany, Austria and Ireland.
Nigel's work has many strong influences, from the Dutch Masters to the Surrealists, the landscapes of the Transglobe Expedition to modern culture, with an appreciation for a refined technique that invokes the past but with a contemporary edge.
Cox has found inspiration in the recent global lockdown, and has created a series of paintings that speak to the isolation and loneliness brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Solitude and isolation are two very different states that have fascinated me for many years.
I have always loved solitude, I am extremely comfortable being on my own in the studio for months on end… but lockdown and our predicament put a different spin on things and for the first time in my life I felt isolated and somewhat lost,” remarks Cox.
When the pandemic first hit, Cox found himself confined to his house in the UK. He remembers the early days of the lockdown as being a challenging, emotional and stressful time.
He began to sketch just to put his mind at ease amidst all the worry, simple drawings based around life under the virus, and gradually these simple works began to develop into ideas for paintings. The new work that Cox has produced under lockdown was born from a different emotional response to painting than that which he is used to.
“My oil paintings are normally painted from a place of calm confidence. It’s almost a meditative process for me and one I certainly loose myself in for hours and days on end. These new pieces were coming from a very different place - huge emotional swings, uncertainty, and an impending sense of loss, all coloured through the prism of the pandemic.”
“The Lost” is an exhibition of 7 new paintings by Nigel Cox, and will be shown at Gormleys Fine Art, Belfast, from 17th -31st October 2020.