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Art Watch : Darryl Cox

Darryl Cox is in focus for our Art Watch for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.

Daryl Cox’s art has been titled ‘Fusion-Frame’ art, for the unique creations that he crafts painstakingly. Cox’s interest in using found or drift wood as a medium to create started in 2011 and has grown steadily. Cox combine two distinct types of elements and gives birth to s unique creation. He uses founded wooden branches and fuses them with ornate, vintage frames.

“I recognize my appreciation for one of kind art, created by one set of hands, limits my ability to complete a significant number of artworks per year. However, it enables me to create one of kind pieces, in the truest sense, by which I am inspired. It is worthwhile to me. More importantly, it is meaningful to my patrons”. Says Cox, as he is a firm believer in creating and pursuing the unique, there is a meditative quality that he brings to his work. The personal investment is huge and the rewards are immense. The appreciation for his subjects are what he values the most.

Why Darryl Cox?

His sculptural hybrids of picture frames and segments of tree roots are a wonderment, for the seamless way in which they come together. Each exclusive piece begins with a search to find a frame that closely matches the reclaimed roots. For his work he obtains from different tree – Central Oregon manzanita, juniper, and aspen sometimes even from grapevines. The pieces require extensive amounts of woodworking, without cause damage and maintaining the originality of the wood; and painting to flawlessly fuse the two objects together. It is a long and elaborate process and Cox can only produce around 25 or so pieces each year. The artist admits that it is an intensive undertaking indeed. And he has to ensure that he frames reach the owners without damage and in pristine condition.

Cox says that he uses frames of all different types and from varying time periods, that spanning well over one hundred years to make Fusion Frames even more interesting. “If used, leather, iron, brass, bronze and glass all retain the personality of their heritage. I apply paints and stains to add individuality, and also make use of bonding & sculpting agents.” This is what gives each piece its singularity and it is aligned with his artistic vision.

Darryl Cox was born in California and both his parents were creative with artistic leaning. His father enjoyed carpentry, working in the yard – a fan of the outdoors and nature he inspired the young Darryl to love nature, taught him how to fish, play soccer and towards carpentry. His mother was an eclectic and one of a kind artist herself. Cox considers these early influences in his formative years invaluable – and he continues to uphold these values in his work and life.


For more Artists handpicked by Divvya Nirula – explore the ART WATCH archive.

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