John became fascinated with art at an early age through the classic illustrations in books and magazines. Illustrators such as N. C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and most especially Tom Lovell forged his interest in art. It is interesting though that he would not find his way to art until in his mid thirties. Instead, John would serve his country for four years in the U. S. Navy, traveling the world. Honorably discharged and returning to his home in Texas, he became involved in the professional levels of auto racing as a driver of Top Fuel dragsters. This continued through 1975. Rising costs of racing and a growing family had John thinking of a new career. Almost by accident a friend showed his drawings to a gallery owner, who convinced him to try his hand at art. Starting as a part-time artist did not last long. Sales demanded more of his time to produce art. He started painting in watercolors and progressed to oils which became his primary medium.
John further developed his craft from works in museums and galleries and the invaluable association with other highly regarded artists who have shared their knowledge and offered ideas to take his work to its high level. John uses the knowledge imparted to him to create his own style. He uses plein-aire works, sketches and his photos to bring to life the depth and dimension to his body of work.
Today, his paintings are represented in fine art galleries and museums throughout the United States. John's works are also part of numerous private, public, and corporate collections both here and internationally. He has earned significant recognition and awards throughout his thirty years of painting.
We hope you enjoy this preview of the art of light and shadows by John Cox.
SHOWS AND AWARDS
Hayden Hays Gallery
Colorado Springs, CO
Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show held at the Old West Museum
Great American West Show
Settlers West Miniature Art Show
Settlers West Summer Show
Las Vegas Art Show and Auction
"The Woman in Art" Bennington Center for the Arts
Guest Artist A.I.C.A. Show, Gene Autry Museum
Peppertree Western Art Show
Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum Miniature Show
Wally Grewe Miniature Show
Minnesota & Montana
Top 100, Arts for the Parks Show (1 of the top 5 sellers at the show)
Death Valley Art Show (Silver Medal for Watercolor)
George Phippen Memorial Art Show (Silver Medal for Drawing)
Institute for Environmental Studies Fine Art Show
John Cox has been honored with 5 one-man shows, 8 two-person shows and 4 three-person shows.
Sangre de Christo Arts Center
DuPont Chemical Corp., Fine Art Collection
Institute for Environmental Studies
Tyson Foods, Corporate Collection
Dial Corporation, Private Collection
Southwest USA Banks, Public Collection
Alamo National Bank
Johnson Development Corp.
Hormel, CEO Private Collection
Victor Land and Cattle Company
Crescent Paper Corp., Private Collection
Scottsdale Financial Center
Brown Oil Tool Corp., CEO Collection
Sunburst Development Corp., Private Collection
Ridenour, Hienton, Harper and Kelhoffer, Private and Corporate Collection
Scottsdale Heart Group, Private Collection