|Peter Cox teaching at Art Students League |
(photo from Workshop magazine Spring 2007)
Peter Cox has died.
The teacher who most impacted my art and my life, who altered the very way I see the world.
As an artist he was extraordinary in his approach and in the aesthetic he pursued. He may have not been as famous as other artists, but those who know of his art know him to be great.
|"Study for Vespers" by Peter Cox|
48 x 28, oil on panel, 2009
As soon as finances allowed I went to Peter’s class at Art Students League and it was an immediate connection. He changed my art; he taught me how to think about things in a different way and to see, really see, color. HE CHANGED MY LIFE. Other teacher's classes all paled in comparison.
As I was growing professionally, I spent 5 years going back and forth from Atlanta to New York for Peter’s classes. My skills and understanding of the visual language grew until my confidence and busy schedule caused a transition that resulted in my discontinuing extended visits to NYC. After a decade and more of professional work and not going to class, I resolved to go back to see him in 2006 via his workshops at Art Students League. His tremendous artistic evolution was on display and there we were again - Peter teaching and me soaking it up like a sponge twice a year for almost a decade more.
My class notes from those times are precious to me, now more than ever. A single phrase from him could fling open doors in my mind and clarify the mysteries. I had hoped he would write and publish a book in his lifetime. Some vehicle to preserve his massive artistic knowledge, his philosophy, his approach.
But Peter has died.
And I cannot express in words the depth of my grief.
Charles Young Walls
Atlanta GA | September 8, 2017
|"Couple" by Peter Cox|
28.5 x 32, charcoal, pastel, graphite on bristol, 2000
For more information about Peter Cox please visit:
Peter Cox website
The Art Spirit Gallery's website