Steven Cox

Steven Cox (b.1986), is a Scottish painter who produces abstract mixed media paintings with a focus in examining materiality and mark making processes. Informed by his interest in the built environment, graffiti, and defaced surfaces, his paintings vacillate between minimalism and expressionism whilst exploring the stylistic qualities of colour field painting and process painting.

His bridging of technique, colour and form highlights his desire to unearth new possibilities within the genre of abstraction. Interrogating the surface whilst pushing the boundaries of materiality, his approach to painting combines diverse historical and contemporary methodologies that form materially rich surfaces.

Whilst his paintings traverse multiple cadences, one constant in his work is the use of transfer and mono print techniques. Embracing the limitless possibilities of such processes, his paintings own a distinct physicality that stimulates a phenomenological interpretation. Spray paint, commonly associated with graffiti, is regularly used alongside traditional oil paint to create surfaces that are both synthetically vibrant and compellingly physical.

Born in 1986, Steven Cox lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland. He received his MA from Edinburgh College of Art, and his BA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. He has had numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, including at Halsey McKay Gallery, New York, USA; Galerie Jerome Pauchant, Paris, France; Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy; Galleri Benoni, Copenhagen, Denmark. He has participated in numerous international group exhibitions and residencies. Cox has been featured, reviewed and profiled in Modern Painters Magazine, ArtNews, ArtInfo, Copenhagen Contemporary, Art F City, Dust Magazine, and others.