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Nigel Cox

Born in 1959 - Ireland

BIOGRAPHY

biography under completion

Born in Newry, Co. Down, Nigel studied at the Riversdale College in Liverpool followed by a 3 year adventure with the Transglobe Expedition, a journey that changed his life forever. This voyage, led by Sir Randulph Fiennes, took him from the South Pole to the North Pole. It was whilst working as a radio officer on the expeditions support ship that Cox began to sketch in his free time, depicting the open wilderness of the terrain around him.

From the outset, his art was dominated by an immense sense of space. The beauty of his surroundings and the vast and barren spaces travelled were highly influential to his paintings. Cox is an avid people watcher, capturing the essence of intimate private moments of his subjects. For a number of years after the expedition, he lived in Germany, painting watercolours and oils, exhibiting and undertaking private commissions. Now living in London, he works from his studio at home to create these minimalistic pieces.

“My love of large open spaces and lack of clutter is obvious in my work but I am also fascinated by detail. These opposing elements are merged in my paintings in a style which I call Photorealistic Minimalism. My paintings provide the viewer with a glimpse beyond the clutter of everyday life, conjuring up notions of escape and peace, offering sanctuary from the frenetic world outside. The figures are alone but not lonely; searching but not obvious, anticipating yet calm. They have an inner peace and strength and are at one with their surroundings. His paintings reflect solitude, tranquillity and confidence, giving every day scenes an unexpected and surreal feeling while keeping them solidly within the real world.”

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 GX Gallery, London, UK, Solo Show
2009 GX Gallery, London, UK, Solo Show
2008 GX Gallery, London, UK – Solo Show
2007 GX Gallery, London, UK – Solo Show
2006 GX Gallery – Solo Show
2005 GX Gallery – Solo Show

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece, Group Show (June – October 2015)
Art London, Design Centre, Islington, London, UK, Group Show
2014 Oblivious, Coates & Scarry, Gallery 8, Duke Street, London
Quantum Contemporary Art, Art Wynwood, Miami, Florida, Group Show
Galerie Lindengrün, Vienna, Austria. Group Show
2013 Sanguine, Elisabeth Weinstock and Coates & Scarry, Los Angeles, Group Show
Coates & Scarry, Philadelphia Street Gallery, Bristol, UK, Group Show
Stroke Urban Art Fair (Coates & Scarry), Munich Germany, Group Show
Quantum Contemporary Art, London, UK. Group Show
London Art Fair, Islington, London, UK
Trailblazers, Above Second Gallery/Coates & Scarry, Hongkong, Group Show
2012 Coates & Scarry Pop Up in Bristol,12 Perry Road, Bristol, UK, Group Show
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2012, Mall Galleries, London, UK
Quantum Contemporary Art, London, UK , Group Show
Coates & Scarry Roving Gallery – Art Melbourne, Australia
Rarity Gallery Summer Salon Show, Mykonos, Greece
Galerie Lindengrün, Vienna, Austria
2011 London Lives Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, UK, Group Show
Quantum Contemporary Art, London, UK , Group Show
Art London, Design Centre, Islington, London, UK
2010 The Royal Institute of Oil painters Annual Exhibition 2010, Mall Galleries, London, UK
London Lives exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London. Awarded Silver Prize
Clifford Chance Pride Exhibition, Clifford Chance Building, Canary Wharf, London
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2010, Mall Galleries, London, UK
Quantum Contemporary Art, London, UK
GX Gallery, London, UK
Art London, Design Centre, Islington, London, UK
2009 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
Quantum Contemporary Art, London, UK
Tracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Art London, Design Centre, Islington, London, UK
2008 Courcoux & Courcoux Summer Exhibition – Group Show
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London, UK – Group Show
Quantum Contemporary Art, London, UK
Tracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Art London, Design Centre, Islington, London, UK
2007 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London, UK – Group Show
Quantum Contemporary Art, London, UK
Tracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Art London, Design Centre, Islington, London, UK
Courcoux & Courcoux, Stockbridge, Hants, UK
2006 Courcoux & Courcoux, Stockbridge, Hants, Group Show
Gallery 27, Cork St, London
Quantum Contemporary Art, London, UK
Tracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Art London, Design Centre, Islington, London, UK
2005 Glasgow Art Fair
The Laurin Gallery, Santa Margherita, Italy
Cannes Art Fair, Cannes, France
Quantum Contemporary Art, London, UK
Tracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Contemporary Art Fair, New York City, USA
Dundalk Gallery, Art Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2004 GX Gallery, London, UK
RCA – Secret Postcard Exhibition, London, UK
Dundalk Gallery, Art Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Gormley’s Gallery, Omagh/Belfast, N. Ireland
Tracey McNee Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Arthouse, Brighton, UK
2003 Gallerie Rainbow
Dundalk Gallery
Gaudium Galerie
Willie Prange Exhibition Space
Gallery Rec
Nova Versicherung Gallery Hall

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