Nigel Cox

Dreadlock Holiday, 2014-2018

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Lot 51
Oil on linen
61.0 x 61.0 cm (24.0 x 24.0 in)
Signed on recto


This work ships from London, GB.


Nigel Cox was born in Ireland in 1959. He began to paint while circumnavigating the globe as part of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Transglobe Expedition in 1989, inspired by the vast and desolate spaces of the North and South poles. He is a five-time finalist in the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition and has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He shows internationally, from Los Angeles, New York, to Mykonos and Ireland.

As a figurative painter, Cox is fascinated by everyday lives going about their business on the streets of London. By taking an individual out of the frentic crowd around them and painting them in solitude into his minimalist backgrounds, he changes the anonymous to the focal point. Cox says: ‘I saw Dreadock Holiday in Trafalgar Square on a hot summer's day. I had been watching street performers and had my attention pulled away when he walked past me. There was something inspiring and confident about his journey that I needed to capture on canvas. An untold story that one can only begin to image.’

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