Lost Art Salon is a San Francisco-based gallery that specializes in the rediscovery of historically significant artists and the curation of fine art collections reflecting the major styles and movements of the Modern Era. Open to the public, the gallerys showroom offers over 5,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and objects from the late 19th Century through the present, with a strong emphasis on 20th Century Modernism.
Lost Art Salon is pleased to present a newly-curated group of paintings by Dave Fox. These acrylics are a fresh selection of what initially attracted us to Fox's work- structured abstracts and intimate scenes of Southern California and beyond- all in his signature, sun-drenched color palette. As with all of Fox's work- whether it be sculpture, printmaking, or painting- there is a tangible appreciation for the art of the story, of each introspective and intimate scene.
Dave Fox was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920. He lived there until shortly after the Nazi Annexation of Austria. Dave left Vienna, not by choice, but because staying in Vienna meant risking his life. Dave crossed the German-Belgium border, seeking refuge in Belgium. From there he came to the United States in December 1939, and settled in Los Angeles. So profound was this change to his life that he only passed through Vienna once since leaving over 70 years ago. In the fall of 2009 Dave chose to return to Vienna. More importantly, this time he returned as an accomplished artist, to share his art and the powerful stories that each piece tells.
Dave adjusted to life in California with the assistance of the German/ Jewish Hiking Club, part of the Jewish Federation Refugee Assistance Program. Once settled in the United States, Dave was inducted in and served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines and Japan. Returning to the US, Dave studied at some of the early renowned art schools in Los Angeles. His early art training was another defining moment in his life, and both his abilities as an artist, and his style, emerged as a result of this high level of training. It was also at this time that Dave began to articulate the subjects and media that would define him and identify him as an artist. He studied with well-known artists such as Rico Lebrun, Frances de Erderly, Emil Bistram and Guy McCoy, who introduced Dave to printmaking. He would go on to earn his BFA, MA and MFA. Dave dedicated his life to perfecting his skills at drawing, painting and ceramics, with a special emphasis in printmaking.
Dave was an observer of life and translated all that he saw, heard into his artwork. Growing up in Vienna, the countryside was his playground. Dave belonged to skiing and hiking groups where he gained his observation skills. His childhood in Vienna would leave a lasting impression on him that would continually influence his art and his world view. He transferred these skills to his new life in Los Angeles. His sketchpad, a constant companion, became his vehicle for documenting everything he sees in the world around him. His early works from the late 1940s and early 1950s, capture the ever-changing landscapes of Los Angeles. The California landscape from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean and all the streets in between served as the backdrop for his creative expression. Dave divided his artwork equally between landscapes, people and abstracts. Throughout his long career he returned again and again to themes that reflected on his Jewish upbringing and a life long commitment to Judaism. Other works are also symbolic of his early memories of life in Vienna, including the influence of the theatre. Dave’s artwork brings together all of the pieces of his life and pays homage to the accomplishment of one man who stayed true to his vision to make sure his voice was heard and not silenced.
Written by Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Curator for the Dave Fox Collection
Dave Fox in his own words:
"One of the fondest moments in growing up are the stories parents tell their children at bedtime. I am a painter of stories, not of words but of paint, ink and clay. My stories are not of the glitter, gold or of high society ladies, nor of the less glorious ladies of the night. Mine are stories of people like you and me, skilled craftsmen, small business owners and retirees. I paint and draw the people who once in several years can afford to take a holiday cruise; People who take their children Sunday afternoons to museums, and folks who attend festivals, concerts and the theater.
My art doesn’t stop egomaniac nuts from grabbing power but neither did great artists like Kollwitz, Grosz or Dix. My work doesn’t keep ambitious politicians and generals from starting unjust wars, but neither did the great cartoons of “GI Joe” by Bill Mauldin. If my paintings and prints make you stop for a moment, to look and think and walk on with a smile on your face, that would be enough, but I hope you look closer and enter my world as viewed from my life as it played out in California oceans away from my beginnings in Vienna."
b. 1920 Vienna, Austria
1939 Moved to California
1996-2005 Saddleback College, Emeritus Program, Mission Viejo, CA
1985-87 MFA Degree, California State University, Fullerton, CA: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
1982-85 MA Degree, California State University, Fullerton, CA: Drawing and Printmaking
1977-82 BA Degree, California State University, Fullerton, CA
1950-51 Jepson Art Institute, Los Angeles
1947-50 Bistram School of Fine Art, Los Angeles
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2009 Dave Fox: From Augarten to Los Angeles, Aktionsradium, Vienna, Austria (Fall 2009)
2009 Dave Fox: A Legacy in Art, Jewish Federation Council of Los Angeles, CA
1988 Melrose Avenue Series, Gallery 57, Fullerton, CA
1988 The Peacocks, Wenniger Graphics, Boston, MA
1987 The Artist’s Reception, MFA Exhibit, California State university, Fullerton, CA
1987 Paintings, Drawings and Prints, Mills House Gallery, Garden Grove, CA
1985 Landscapes in Print, Fullerton public Library, Fullerton, CA
1985 Images in Print, MA Exhibit, California State University, Fullerton, CA
1962 Buena Park Library, Buena Park & Huntington Beach Public Library, CA
1962 Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
1961 Paintings and Drawings, Book Gallery, Anaheim, CA
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2008 Interfaith Art Festival, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles, CA 2008-2009
2008-2009 California Seen: Landscapes of a Changing California 1930-197,
Long Beach Museum of Art, CA
2005 Reinventing Lives: Dave Fox & Dina Dar, Rio Hondo College, CA
1995-2005 Annual Sculpture Exhibit, Laguna Woods Art Association, Laguna Woods, CA
1995-2005 Annual Emeritus Art Association, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
1988 Black and White Show, Gallery 57, Fullerton, CA
1986 Printmakers, California Polytechnic State University
1986 Art Exchange, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
1963 2nd Annual Orange County Art Exhibit, Laguna Beach Museum, CA
1961 & 1962 Orange County Art Association, Annual Exhibit, CA
1961-64 Western Serigraph Institute Traveling Exhibits. Highlights include: Pomona College,
CA, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA, Scripps College, CA, Stanford University, CA,
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1960 Eighth Annual All City Art Exhibition, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1951 Fifty-Seventh Annual Art Exhibit, Denver Art Museum, CO
1951 9th National Print Show, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Gallery Representation—Special Collections:
Wenniger Graphics, Boston and Provincetown, MA; Gallery 57, Fullerton, CA; Western Serigraph Institute, Los Angeles, CA; Oskar Selzer Galleries, Los Angeles, CA; Kaiser Art Galleries, Santa Ana, CA
Long Beach Museum of Art, CA; Carnegie Museum of Art, Oxnard CA; Leo Beach Institute, NY