Graham Cox



Graham Cox was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire in 1954.  He first studied art at Wakefield College of Art in 1973 before progressing to, what is now, Manchester Metropolitan university.  There he obtained a BA Hons and an MA in Fine Art along with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

In 1980 he moved to his current address on the Shropshire/Wales border and took up a lecturing post at North Shropshire College.  He remained at the college, lecturing in Fine Art and Art History, until 2006 when he retired in order to concentrate full time on his own work.

'The consciousness of the personal and spontaneous.......stimulate the artist to invent devices of handling, processing, surfacing, which confer to the utmost degree the aspect of the freely made.  Hence the importance of the mark, the brush stroke, the drip, the quality of the substance of the paint itself, and the surface of the canvas as a texture and a field of operation - all signs of the artist's active presence....The impulse....becomes tangible and definite on the surface of the canvas through the painted mark.  We see, as it were, the track of emotion, its obstruction, persistence or extinction'.   Meyer Schapiro

'At a certain moment, the canvas begins to appear as an arena in which to act - rather than a space in which to reproduce, re-design, analyze or 'express' an object actual or imagined.  What goes onto the canvas is not a picture but an event'.   Harold Rosenberg

'It is important to paint quicker than one can think.  Knowledge, technique, reasoning and understanding have no part in the painting process.  Only when a work is nearing its completion should such ingredients be added to the mix and they should be viewed with suspiscion and used sparingly.  Once a painting is deemed to be complete resist all temptation to revisit it'.         Graham Cox





05.11.1954Born, Castleford, West Yorkshire
1973-1974Wakefield College of Art and Technology
1974-1979Manchester Metropolitan University
1980-2006Worked as Lecturer in Fine Art/Art History
1974Diploma in Foundation Studies (Distinction)
1977BA Honours in Fine Art
1977Distinction awarded in Art History/Critical Studies
1978MA in Fine Art
1979Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Elected member of the RCA (Royal Cambrian Academy) May 2015

Exhibition History

June 17th to July 22nd 2017The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, North Wales. Upper gallery' One Man Show'. Approaches to the Landscape.
'One man show'. Recent paintings.
July - September 2016Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy.
Members annual Summer Exhibition.
June - September 2016MOMA Wales, Machynlleth. Wales 'Open Art Competition'
September 12th to November 8th 2015Upfront Gallery, Cumbria. 3 person show with Geoff Cox and Christine Cox.
July 25th to September 5th.RCA gallery, Conwy. Group show.
July 2nd to July 31st 2015Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff. Group RCA show.
January 16th to March 15th 20153 Large format landscape paintings as part of the 'Up Front' Open exhibition in Cumbria.
Until October 2014Museum of Modern Art (Wales), Tabernacle Gallery, Machynlleth
Until October 21st 2013Wrexham Open, Wrexham Library
February 4th - 23rd 2013Small Landscape Studies.
Community Gallery, Theatre Clwyd, Mold, Wales.
Until November 2012Qube gallery, Oswestry. 'Open Competition'.
Until September 2012Tabernacle Gallery, Machynlleth.
MoMA Wales 'Open Competition'.
Until September 2012North Wales 'Open Competition', Theatre Clwyd, Mold.
Jan 18th to Jan 28th 2012'Screamin Chicken' gallery, Oswestry, Shropshire.
January 12th to February 25th. 2012Gate gallery, Grimsby.
August 2011 - October 2011'The Qube' Arts Centre, Oswestry
September 2011 - November 2011'Chapel Arts Centre' Llangollen
September 2011Founder member of the 'Screamin Chicken Gallery', Oswestry
May 2011'Walker Art Gallery', Liverpool.
Featured on BBC 2 Arts programme.
June - July 2011'Willow Gallery', Oswestry
July - September 2011MoMA Wales Open, Tabernacle gallery, Machynlleth
June - September 2011North Wales Open, Theatre Clwyd, Mold
June - July 2011'Wrexham Open', Wrexham Arts Centre
January 2011Final stage of selection for BBC 2 programme 'Show Me The Monet'.
Shown March/April 2011 on BBC 2
January to March 2011The 'Willow Gallery', Oswestry
November 2010Volte Gallery, Wolverhampton
June 2010John Moores 2010 final stage of selection
2008Winner of 2nd prize in the MOMA Wales Open Exhibition. The Tabernacle Machynlleth.
BBC Radio Wales Gallery, Wrexham
Community Gallery (Theatre Clwyd, Mold)
Turnpike Gallery (Leigh)
Grosvenor Gallery (Manchester)
Manchester University
Sheffield University
Royal Academy, Summer Show (London)
Mostyn Gallery (Newtown)
Royal Exchange Theatre (Manchester)
Midland Bank (Manchester)
Gallery 3, the Gateway (Shrewsbury)
Ellesmere Arts Centre (Shropshire)
Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool)
Leeds City Art Gallery
Rochdale Art Gallery
Wakefield City Art Gallery
Aire Gallery (London)
Serpentine Gallery (London)
City Gallery (Manchester)
Whitworth Gallery (Manchester)
Mapping Gallery (Sheffield)
Mostyn Gallery (Llandudno)
Chapel Arts Centre (Llangollen)
MOMA (Machynlleth, Wales)
North Star Arts (Shropshire)