The beguiling images of Doug Cox suggest stories untold, feelings
waiting to be expressed and ideas looking to be shared. His evocative
narratives hint at enigmatic relationships contextualized in the
often alienating environment of modern lives that are at times fully
absorbing yet misunderstood.
artist Doug Cox is best known as a painter of provocative works
documenting the dark side, or chiaroscuro spaces, of the gay life
in LA. The exhibition continues his exploration of sexually charged
spaces and the male gaze.
Cox’s passion is the human figure. His dark and brooding works
feature male figures alone and in groups, and are often sexually
charged. His recent work includes a series of male nudes inspired
by his work as an HIV counselor at gay bathhouses and sex clubs
in Los Angeles. “These are dark spaces and my work reflects
that,” Cox says. “I feel compelled to capture the chiaroscuro
moments that inhabit these spaces.” Working in graphite and
oil on both paper and wood panels, Doug Cox’s art captures
the human form in its most personal and primal moments.
Aaron Smith, who is has been the recipient of many teaching awards
and painting commissions since becoming a faculty member at the
Art Center College in Pasadena writes, "I can think of no other
artist who brings more honesty to the representation of masculine
longing than Doug Cox. He paints with astonishing economy and infinite
subtlety. In these intimate works, heroism is not represented in
the body, but in the struggle to connect with others."
Even though the works are a direct interpretation of the artists’
environment, the figures in the artwork and the formal quality take
precedent. Independent curator Marc Arranaga writes, “The
work isn’t necessarily about the homo-erotic, but rather about
the process of drawing and painting and the struggle for a connection
brought through in the artwork.
This exhibit is organized by Marc Arrañaga,
an independent curator and art historian. Arranaga has staged many
groundbreaking exhibitions featuring national and international
queer artists. In addition, he produced a lecture series for queer
art historians writing about gay and lesbian history. He is currently
working on a Jean Cocteau exhibition that will travel to Japan in
2005/6. Visit http://marc-jasper.com/exhibits.htm to learn more
about these events.
RiskPress Gallery is a space devoted to allowing artists, a different
one each month, to have the opportunity to experience the production
of an exclusive showing of their own work. RiskPress does not receive
any of the proceeds from sales made by the artists, nor does RiskPress
require the artists to pay for their time with us. The gallery’s
mission is to provide an efficient and attractive space for artistic