Artist Painter Howard Fox
Modern, Figurative, and Contemporary Art
Howard Fox Artist Statement
I imagine myself the Gardner in the Garden of Eden, tossing seeds in all directions and awaiting the spring. Painting is what I have always done. For as long as I can remember I have been armed with pencil, crayons and all sorts of paints, applying line and color to paper, carton, canvas and clothes, it is just what I do.
The freedom to think, to imagine, to create worlds along with the option of being bizarre and opinionated made being an artist so attractive. I could take my rather noir sense of humor and weave a story, appearing real yet impossible.
From my childhood til today I have been fond of building cities in two dimensions. As a product of my extensive travels I have soaked up the architecture and landscapes of many an exotic and mundane land. The urban blare, ablaze in neon light, and the power of man kinds hands manifested in the accurate placing of bricks and the carving of stone to form magnificently engineered and designed buildings and interiors, have long enchanted me and spoken to my soul.
After many years of creating what I call, "works of fiction", I am now endeavoring to research and create works which deal with the question of "Utopia". What is utopia, what is it on the personal level as well as its collective aspects.
Whether our utopias be based on religious messianic models, ideological constructs, aesthetic values or simply a personal need to be living the ideal, we first have to ask what is the ideal, and is what we claim and believe, manifested in how we live our lives?
I found myself in my studio, the world outside silent and void of movement and human sound
"Utopia on the River Eden" was started two weeks before all of Israel was put into “Lockdown” in reaction to the Covid 19 virus. I found myself in my studio, the world outside silent and void of movement and human sound, other than those of my lovely wife. Armed with my brushes, paints and canvas I went to work on my greatest project until now. I had begun to paint a utopian vision of the perfect city. A seminal work in my “Hotel Utopia” series.
Before I begin describing the work, it must be noted, that I fully understand and am aware that we, as humans, do not all share the same ideas of both a personal and a collective utopia. For one to experience utopia it is going to have to be both in the micro and macro definitions of the sublime.
Have a look at the Modern/ Contemporary Paintings & Ketubahs By Israeli Artist Howard Fox: Hotel Utopia Paintings | Imaginative Realism Paintings | Ketubah Text Templates | Ketubah Paintings
Howard Fox Artist offers services to clients across the world. A contemporary story teller, artist, painter working with oils on canvas, as well as a musician. A Canadian by birth he now resides in Karkur, Israel where he spends his time creating works of art, which he describes as Imaginary Realism.