Titled, signed and dated on the reverse:
Venus Hiding in a Glade of Pearls
/Bob Knox/2015/84 x 64 ½
Of all the paintings in this series this is the one where Knox’s homage to a master from the art historical canon is most readily discernible. It is also the earliest in this series. Like a jazz composition which incorporates another artist’s musical motif, Knox loosely recreates Francois Boucher’s Toilet of Venus, a painting of Louis XV’s mistress Madame de Pompadour (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Using his bravura brushwork and inspired color sense, he takes the work in an abstract expressionist direction. This fusion of old and new is transcendent.
Bob Knox has been on the art scene since graduating from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Studio Art. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad since the early 1980’s. For many years
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, represented Knox and had solo exhibitions of his work which garnered favorable reviews in Art in America, The New Yorker and The New York Times.
In 2003/4 Bob Knox: Non Fiction Paintings, a traveling exhibition, was on view at the Blaffer Gallery Museum at the University of Houston (Houston, TX) and University Art Museum at California State University at Long Beach (CA). Knox’s paintings are in numerous private, corporate and public collections including British Airways (NY), GE (CT), Denver Art Museum (CO), Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, NY) and University Art Museum (Long Beach, CA).
Knox’s oeuvre has evolved. Early on his work focused on closely observed drawing. For almost a decade he produced covers and inside art for The New Yorker Magazine. He also illustrated a number of children’s books for Rizzoli. Now Knox’s preferred medium is large-scale painting.
A longtime resident of Connecticut, Knox grew up in Greenwich, attended college at Wesleyan University in Middletown and resided in Ridgefield. He moved to Northwest Connecticut years ago. Currently Knox lives and paints in the Milton area of Litchfield.