Allen Cox paints with both passion and intelligence. His well crafted and engaging paintings are spontaneous and intuitively generated from a wide variety of sources, though most compositions draw on the artists own life experiences and interests. Avoiding formalism, the images are grounded in abstraction and in many ways are commentaries on contemporary life. As such, they reflect the intent to both connect with the natural world and negotiate the constructed world; to illuminate the interior through an examination of the exterior; to reveal the unseen architecture of everyday life. Mystery and revelation, history and myth, intuition and logic, dream and memory… these are the polarities that compel and inform the heart and soul of his work.
Cox has been showing his work since 1982. He holds an MFA in painting from the University of Oregon, where he studied with the highly regarded Pacific Northwest abstract painter Frank Okada. His paintings can be found in both public and private collections internationally.