July: Deborah Cox
Image: Deborah Cox
Our Artist of the Month feature aims to promote artists' work and raise issues in a quick, informal way. July's Artist of the Month is Deborah Cox.
Hello, what do you do?
I’m an artist painting landscapes mostly inspired by the area I live in around Gloucestershire but also around Pendeen in Cornwall. I use acrylic, pastels, ink and collage. I also create work that is more issue-based such as large dry point images relating to domestic violence, shown at Little Bucklands Gallery.
Where are you based?
I’m based in Gloucestershire now but previously Bristol then London.
Where do you work?
I have a studio at home. I try to get most of my work anchored into the morning as I am most alert and awake then! I dream of a studio fairy who enters the room when I leave and washes all my brushes and generally tidies up so it’s nice to come back to. I wonder if I could get funding...
What’s the best thing about the area you live/work in?
Where I live near Tetbury is the most beautiful countryside. Everyday I feel I’m in a gallery of beauty. The changing seasonal colours, the constant effects of weather, the sounds of crows, song thrushes, bees, the strong stability of trees that have been in the landscape for decades. I have been living in a canopy of nature and it isn’t hard to find a myriad of compositions at every turn.
What does 'success' mean to you?
Well I know we’re supposed to say that ‘success’ is in the doing and we don’t want huge sales in prominent art galleries! I think it’s impossible to make art unless there's some bliss in the doing, however there needs to be a relationship with the outside world and our audience. So enjoying the process and getting some regular exposure is, I believe, success. Breaking even with some profit is also very important.
Do you earn a living from making art?
Beside working as an artist I support myself by having lodgers in my house who are good to chat to and who sometimes mend the odd thing that needs repair!
What makes a good artwork?
A good art work is completed by the viewer.
What have you been up to recently?
I’ve recently done Open Studios in Stroud in May with three other artists in an old mill over two weekends. Previous to that I had several paintings in a mixed show at The Chapel in Penzance last January.
Deborah Cox studied at Byam Shaw School of Art, London from 1988–1991. Recent exhibitions include: Stroud Open Studios (Jun 2017), Gloucestershire Printmaking Coop Studios, Stroud; Found (Dec 2017) The Old Passage, Frampton on Severn; Truth and Reality (Jan 2018), St Johns Gallery, Stroud; Newlyn Show (Jan 2018), The Chapel, Penzance; Passion (April–June 2018), The Old Passage, Frampton on Severn; Stroud Open Studios (June 2018), Frome Hall Mill, Stroud.