Elizabeth Fox was born in Orlando, Florida, in 1969, and attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. She lived in New Orleans for eighteen years, before moving to Maine in 2008. She has exhibited her work in New York City, New Orleans, San Francisco, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, the Netherlands and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Maine. Fox now lives and works in Standish, Maine.
She works in a traditional process of applying thin layers of oil paint, gradually building the painting up and allowing for drying time between each coat. The works are painted on a very smooth panel and first use a black and white layer as an undercoating. This black and white underpainting is as detailed as the finished painting. Color layers are then added on top of the black and white.
Fox states that, “I like to work from my gut, mixing the beautiful with the mundane. My paintings are deceptively simple, using a fresh color palette and hyper-defined subject matter to draw you in. There’s a sense of isolation with ample negative space and rhythmic placement of objects and figures. By emphasizing the relationships between people, objects, color, and space, everyday scenes can become mysterious, funny or strange. I leave the painting’s story open-ended, allowing its meaning the possibility of naturally changing over time.”