It was an absolute honor to be invited to design and execute a mural for the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. During the month of May, myself along with 4th,5th, and 6th grade students from Fairview-Clifton German Language School and my talented art friends cranked out this 5 x 42 foot cubist montage inspired by the art of Juan Gris. The mural faces the front lawn of CCAC, the historic and recently restored Probasco Fountain, as well as the intersection of Woolper and Clifton Avenues, which sees more than 40,000 vehicles each day. I would like to thank Fairview’s art instructor Katie Mitalski and her students for giving their all in helping this vision come to life. I would also like to thank my talented crew of art friends Previn Noble, Ann Knellinger, Diamond Snowden, Jan Brown Checco, and Evan Shelton for working through the good and bad weather making this mural the vivid masterpiece it is. Most of all I would like to thank Leslie Mooney and the CCAC staff for giving me this opportunity to let loose and create a work of art that speaks to the enduring creative spirit of the arts.
The exhibition Talking Blues, featuring recent paintings and drawings by Cedric Michael Cox holds a metaphoric and literal definition with works that celebrate his cubist influence, fused with literal elements from the worlds of music, architecture, nature and the eternal creative spirit.
“Historically my art draws from Cubism and the fracturing of forms through the picture plane. In contemporary terms, I deconstruct the meaning of music in particular and the elements of urban and natural environments. This past school year I had the honor of celebrating the artwork of Spanish Cubist painter Juan Gris in my lessons with my students. Unlike Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and other artist who occasionally used cubism as a means of expression, Gris stayed loyal to the movement and created works of art that still to this day inspire me. Reviewing Gris’s work and other past influences that worked in the genre ignited a new insight and interest in my painting. As Miles Davis( in Jazz) or Picasso termed the color Blue in their art forms, Talking Blues, is my own reference to the rediscovery of past influence and how it still evokes the visual experiences that arouse my senses, as I examineand interpret, the world around me, quietly and loudly.” Come out to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center for the opening reception on October 2nd. The exhibition will continue through November 5th, 2015
On November 22nd and December 6th, of this year, I had the pleasure of hosting an art making workshop at The Gallery Project, celebrating the artwork of Spanish painter Juan Gris (1887 – 1927). Unlike Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and other artist who occasionally used cubism as a means of expression, Gris stayed loyal to the movement and created works of art that still to this day inspire me and my work. The students who participated in the class were also inspired by Gris’s paintings and created their own vivid interpretations of his famous compositions of guitars, violins and bottles. The artwork that was created at The Gallery Project will be featured at the Upstairs at the Greenwich Gallery for the Blue Bridge Jazz Art Exhibition. The exhibition will also feature artwork by, Susan Grey, Monique Brent and myself.
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Brian’s Dream by Cedric Michael Cox inspired by the work of Paul Klee and Brian Joiner
Join me Saturday January 18th from 6 – 8 pm, for the opening reception of Inspiration at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. This exhibition will feature artist who created works of art inspired by the people and places that inspire them. The work that I submitted for the show was inspired by two paintings by German Swiss painter, Paul Klee and a painting by Cincinnati based painter Brain Joiner. Gallery talk for this show will be on Saturday February 5th, from 1 – 3 and the exhibition will continue through March 1st. Continue reading →