Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Allen Cox is a long-time West Coast contemporary and abstract painter. Cox has been showing his work nationally since 1982 and internationally since 2003. He holds a BS in Anthropology (Archaeology), a BFA in Fine Art and an MFA in Painting, all from the University of Oregon.
Allen’s painting is rooted in 20th century abstraction. Elements of modernism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism along with minimalism and postmodernism all inform his work. Often a painting will include pictorial elements not usually found in pure abstraction. These paintings also reflect Cox's experience as an archaeologist in Oregon. Multi-layered surfaces echo the stratified remnants of past events, textural paint techniques create a worn and weathered patina of age and history. All of these details add to the complexity of his densely constructed images. The result is a uniquely original approach to 21st Century painting.
Cox’s work has appeared in the 1996 edition of New American Paintings: Artists of the West;in the books The Seductive Home by Moll Anderson and 100 Artists of the West Coast by Douglas Bullis; a PBS television profile segment on Oregon Art Beat, as well as other visual media, TV and films.
Design publication appearances include spreads in Traditional Home; New England Home; Oregon Home; Luxe Magazine Pacific Northwest and At Home Nashville.
Selected Corporate Collections include HGTV Headquarters, Knoxville, TN; Adobe Systems, Inc. Headquarters, San Jose, CA; The InterContinental San Diego, San Diego, CA; Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue, WA; Graton Hotel Resort and Casino, Rohnert Park, CA and Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino, Henderson, NV.
Selected Public Collections include Chapman University Performing Arts Center, Orange, CA; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon; Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, University of Oregon; Knight Library, University of Oregon; Longview Museum of Fine Art, Longview, TX; State of Oregon Lottery Headquarters, Salem, OR; Office of Former US Senator Bob Corker (TN), Everett Dircksen Bldg., Washington, D.C.
Allen Cox currently lives and works on the California Central Coast.