Biography of John FOX

John Fox, self-portrait, detail



Born in Montreal in 1927, John Fox started painting about the age of 18 and attended the Museum of Fine Arts school under Goodridge Roberts from 1946 to 1949. He was awarded a British Council scholarship to study at the Slade School between 1952 and 1953. A grant from the Greenshields Memorial Foundation allowed him further study abroad in Florence in 1955-56 and the following year he painted on the Mediterranean coast. In his early work he was influenced by Goodridge Roberts and later by the Impressionists and Matisse. He died in Venice in Italy in 2008.



He has painted landscapes, portraits, figures, still-lifes, interiors and abstractions.



Fox has painted in the media of oils and pen-and-ink (often linear). He completed a mural for the Fathers of Confederation Memorial Building  in Charlottetown.



He is represented in the National Gallery of Canada.


Source: Colin S. Macdonald, A dictionary of Canadian artists, Volume 1, Canadian Paperbacks, 1977

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