A native of Des Moines (born 1936) now living in New York, Larry Zox is an abstract artist who utilizes color and space in a unique way. He utilizes color combinations with references to nature, music, or the city that surrounds him. But often there is a black section that is placed in the work for the sake of the painting's aesthetic alone. The work ranges from the harmonious to the unexpected. All the work is done with a tremendous amount of technical control.
Zox received his education including the study of Oriental Art History at Oklahoma University, Norman, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa and with German artist George Grosz at the Des Moines Art Center. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and has received grants from the National Council of the Arts and the Ester and Adolph Gottlieb Foundation. He has been an Artist-in Residence at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Dartmouth College, and Yale University.
Zox moved to Minimalist acrylics in the 1960s, featuring geometric shapes such as chevrons, diamonds and triangles. In the early 1970s, large-scale color fields were centralized with bands of color along the sides, sometimes as wide as the central color, moving diagonally or vertically downward, singly or in groups.
During the next several years, colors were applied in looping lines with oil sticks and brushes, and larger areas were sometimes poured on and spread into wet grounds. Later, narrow panels such as "Catawba" emphasize color changes in the ground using many shades of one color, often muted or darkened with grey, in thick, steady brushstrokes.
Zox's teaching positions include: artist-in-residence, Juniata College, 1964; guest critic, Cornell University, 1967; artist-in-residence, University North Carolina, Greensboro, 1967; art instructor, School Visual Arts, 1967-; art instructor, Dartmouth College, winter 1969.
Zox was awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1967; a grant by the National Council for the Arts, 1969; and a grant from the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation, 1985. He exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art Annual and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
Yellow, Oil on canvas, 1963, 50 x 55 inches
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