The acrylic paintings by Mike Cox are of heads, nudes, figures, landscapes and religious or political subjects. Most attempt to investigate what is actually perceived compared with what is formatted into recognized memories. Others simply illustrate historical events that raise concerns, in a relatively conventional manner. No formal training in painting can be blamed.
Mike retired from affordable housing provision after his architectural career, studying and qualifying in Canterbury. He entered architecture following support for his artistic work in Queen’s College in Guyana, South America. He produced the first watercolour bought for the Guyana National Collection, and has completed several exhibitions with his wife Genevieve, who did embroideries relating to her Amerindian heritage in Guyana.
Influences on his approach to painting are very typical – Francis Bacon and Hockney (his photographs mainly). He admires their attempt to put together tiny visual points we actually see into snapshot summary perceptions.