David Fox is a Tullamore native in the Irish midlands now working as a visual artist in Dublin City Centre. He graduated from GMIT (Galway) in 2011, followed by Belfast School of Art in 2013, where he graduated from the MFA course at Ulster University.
His artistic practice is routed primarily within contemporary landscape painting. He
paints site-specific landscapes that capture moments of everyday life most often
associated with excursions during leisure time. These depictions are often of
mundane and overlooked everyday spaces. What is recorded is an uncanny sense
of place and time and there is an obvious connection between the artist and the
landscape itself. The locations are often known which evokes a nostalgic sense of
familiarity. The viewer is then drawn in by the ambiguity and other world qualities of
these relatable yet unpopulated site specific scenes. He paints settings and locations
of his current surroundings at any given period of time. He includes that of his native
town of Tullamore, where he spent some time for the duration of the lockdowns, and
also whilst living in Dublin. Then there are also scenes from his time spent living in
Belfast where he created a series of social-politically charged works depicting
barriers of conflict between communities, having lived there during the centenary
year and experiencing life in a region healing from the wounds of a troubled past.
Then there are also paintings documenting the Irish border, these were painted as a
response to Brexit, highlighting the uncertainties that faced the only land border with
Collectively, these settings evoke memories and narratives that in juxtaposition, work
as a visual diary.
Fox’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout Ireland for both group and
solo exhibitions. To date he has had 3 solo shows internationally in Madrid and
Tarragona, Spain. His work is part of collections such as the OPW and National
Transport Authority headquarters, Dublin. He is represented by Olivier Cornet
Gallery, Dublin, and Artisann, Belfast. He is currently a studio member of Pallas
Projects, and was previously a member of Creative Exchange Artist Studios, Belfast.