Oscar Wild in Heathfield, 1989
Steve Cox (Born 1958)
oil and charcoal on canvas
118 x 95 cm
signed, titled and dated verso
A strong sense of deviance, of individuals dwelling in embattled or seemingly irrational worlds, pervades Steve Cox's paintings. Oscar Wild in Heathfield is a portrait of Oscar Wilde who terrified Victorian Britain with his open aesthetic and sexual disobedience and suffered for it. Steve’s paintings take us into his own mind and deal with his experiences and his world. His work is humanistic and psychologically complex. The viewer is left to make the interpretive clues. He paints withed with authority and delicacy of feeling and demonstrates skill, imagination and insight into the human condition.
Steve Cox studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1978 to 1981. In 1983 he was awarded the Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship. He gained his Master of Fine Art (Painting) from Deakin University in 1997.
Since 1982 Steve Cox has staged over thirty-five one-person exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, and has participated in over fifty group-exhibitions. His work is held in The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria and other major public and private collections throughout Australia. His work has been featured in Nevill Drury's New Art series of books.
Steve Cox by Margaret Hill c.1988