Through gestures and postures in his sculptures, Florida artist Todd K. Fox communicates moments of both joy and sadness with the awareness that one cannot exist without the other.
The artist: Born in Orlando, Fox was introduced to the art of Raku at age 11 by a childhood friend. He had a kiln and received a set of Raku/kiln gloves and tongs as a gift. She had some know-how. Fox was captivated by the technique and wanted to learn more.
In high school, he took classes in jewelry, clay, weaving and painting and earned an AA degree from Seminole State College. For nine years, Fox worked in retail management and created his art on the side. At age 35, he decided to become a professional artist.
The studio: Fox is a resident artist at McRae Art Studios, an artists’ collective, in Orlando.
The art & materials: Mixed media sculptures, assemblages and assemblage paintings. Works consist of clay, glazes, faience, copper screens, nails, chicken wire, barbed wire, cheesecloth, oils, cold wax and repurposed items.
- Family background. His Russian-Jewish family migrated from Russia to South America, and then to Havana. His grandparents fled from Cuba before Castro took over and ended up in NYC. They later settled in Tampa.
- Cuba’s culture, history and religious beliefs.
- Study of African and Caribbean art, culture and traditions.
- Deaths of his father and best friend of 38 years.
What’s popular: Large dressed sculptures, short dressed dancers, assemblage paintings and mini sculptures ($295 to $8,995).
Fun, special commission: Years ago, a couple purchased a painting and commissioned a second one. They hung the commissioned painting over their bed, and shortly after, became pregnant. The figure in the painting was an earth goddess and also one of fertility.
Where to buy: toddkfox.com. Also at galleries, including:
- Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach, FL
- Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO.
- Higher Art Gallery, Traverse City, MI.
- Facebook: Todd K Fox
- Instagram: @toddkfox