Summer in Rye, 1998
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 80 inches
Gift of the Gordon F. Hampton Foundation, through Wesley G. Hampton, Roger K. Hampton, and Katharine H. Shenk
© Bob Knox

Bob Knox: Non-Fiction Paintings

October 28 – December 14, 2003

The University Art Museum is pleased to present Bob Knox: Non-Fiction Paintings, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. The exhibition features twenty-two paintings created over the past eight years that reveal this New York artist’s wit, playfulness, and subtly twisted reality. This thorough survey celebrates Knox’s work as an outstanding example of the painting revival in American Art.

Characterizing his recent work as “non-fiction painting,” Knox positions himself as mediator in the dialogue between painting and photography by transcribing photographic images onto large-scale canvases. His subject matter encompasses a wide range of topics that touch on our notions of taste and culture. Compositional manipulation of photographic light, color, and space is key to Knox’s creative approach, and his found images provide him with endless opportunities. Knox continuously transforms the geometry of space from the domestic toward the panoramic. Ranging from brightly colored interiors to semi-abstract compositions of blurred lights against a night sky, his paintings toy with reality while maintaining strong ties to conventional realism.

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