Jack Knox: Concrete Block opens on Thursday 5 July with a preview in Gallery 4 and then is open to the public until Sunday 13 January 2019 in Gallery 4. This exhibition focuses on paintings produced over a ten year period from 1968 to 1978 including many works that have never before been on public display. Alongside are images, on 35mm slides, of nearly every painting Knox produced from the 1950s onwards.
What becomes apparent across the exhibition is the pleasure Knox took from simply looking; a joy in happenstance and an ability to capture and elevate the seemingly incongruous details of his everyday life. This is filtered through an appreciation and understanding of art history which manifests itself with a subtle sense of humour throughout.
Jack Knox (b. 1936 d. 2015) graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the late 1950s after which he spent time studying in the Parisian studio of André Lhote. On returning to Scotland Knox took up teaching posts at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and later as Head of Painting at Glasgow School of Art. All the while making work and exhibiting throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally, including exhibitions at Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, The Serpentine, London and Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre.
Impasse, about 1970
PVA on canvas
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society with the support of Glasgow Museums Contemporary Art Fund, 2016/17