Ian Cox, Angie Fahey, Barbara Kew, Mary Newman, Stuart Vickers.

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An exhibition and celebration of five artist friends who were all born in 1945.

Cat_4563_550These five local artists discovered in conversation that they all shared the same birth year; 1945.  This is an exhibition of their art and recollection of their personal memories of life growing up after the end of the Second World War.  Mixed media including paintings, ceramics, soft sculpture and photographs.

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Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm every day (closed Sundays) until 19 August 2017.

Artwork and exhibition photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).

Mixed media, mixed styles and mixed subjects from Eric Cox, Ian C Cox, Stuart Cox and Thurston Cox.

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Eric_E_Cox_450Eric E Cox

Born in London, one of five siblings, Eric moved to Bracknell then to Worthing, West Sussex, in the 1930’s, where he spent most of his creative time painting and drawing. He often visited East Anglia and regularly exhibited in Ipswich but most of his work centred on Worthing and its environs. His real inspiration was the River Arun and the South Downs. Sadly there is little evidence of what was painted, when and for whom, as most of his records and sketch books seem to have been destroyed following his death in 1969.

Eric was a gentle man, quiet by nature, a bachelor for much of his life, and methodical in all aspects of his work.

The exhibition is a cross section of surviving examples of his work held by his nephew, Ian C Cox. Most are from a collection of work submitted for criticism by a group of artists that he belonged to, possibly dating between 1930s and 50s. No names, just pseudonyms! Eric was Tally Ho but there seems to be at least 20 members ranging from A. Tyke, to Chuckles, Dumpling, Yendis and Guinivere.

Ian_C_Cox_450Ian C Cox

I have drawn and painted from childhood. Although no formal education at art college I was fortunate enough to have an uncle who was an artist and as a child I spent many happy holidays with him drawing and painting on the South Downs and along the River Arun. Always encouraging and forever patient with the words, ‘look, observe and draw’, but with the over riding post script; ‘enjoy!’ My work is developing all the time. I find inspiration from both the natural and constructed worlds as well as the written word. I love to experiment and with all the materials available now the scope seems endless. Since retiring I’ve certainly been able to enjoy the freedom it has given me and I hope that is conveyed in some of my work here today.

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In 1985 I studied Fine Art at Lincoln Art College then went on to Cambridge where I obtained my Degree.

My work on show depicts my profound love of the natural and man-made world, how it changes moment by moment and how we interact with it. The oil paintings are of landscapes that I have a strong relationship with and span a period of twelve years. They document a developing stylistic transformation. The photographs of landscapes and places were all taken on Nokia Lumia mobile ‘phones and treated in camera using the Lomogram app. Examples of my pen and ink drawings, mono prints and sketch books illustrate views and features that I have seen across Europe.

Currently I have the privilege of studying for an MA in Fine Art at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge which has led to quite a dramatic departure of style and output. Although in the early stages of development my current course project is based on the Honywood Oak at Marks Hall, Essex.

Thurston M Cox

Is the youngest son of Stuart. Born in to a household of artists Thurston has displayed a creative streak from a very early age and examples of his work are on show in this exhibition.

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Hugo L Cox

Is the eldest of three boys. Born and living in a co-operative for many years in Cambridge, Hugo was surrounded by art. Often using natural forms for inspiration his power of observation and interpretation has allowed his own distinctive style to develop. He now lives and works in Edinburgh.

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Exhibition Opening:  10 am – 4 pm from Monday 23 November until Saturday 05 December 2015.  (Gallery closed on Sundays.)  Exhibition organiser and exhibitor Ian Cox will be in the gallery on Nov 26, 28, 29 and then again on 1st Dec 01 (afternoon), 04 and 05. “If anyone wishes to pop in for a chat and see me working they will be more than welcome.”

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Images of Artwork:  Top left, South Downs above High Salvington by Eric Cox. Top right, River Arun near Greatham, Sussex by Eric Cox.  Bottom left, Bowthorp Oak 2 by Ian Cox.  Bottom right, The Flailing Beech by Ian Cox.   Click on any image to see a larger version.  Photographs of the exhibitors supplied by Ian Cox.