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Francine Fox is a nationally and internationally exhibiting studio artist whose work explores the connections of wildlife with human culture and history. Her dramatic and fantastical paintings are an extension of her lifelong love of zoology and the surprises found in nature. Fox received her BFA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from the University of Delaware. Originally from Pennsylvania, she has taught at universities across the United States and is an Associate Professor of Art in painting at Wayne State College. Her artwork is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Kent, Connecticut and Warm Springs Gallery in Warm Springs, VA.
My artwork explores the overlaps and collisions of wildlife and humanity. The animals in my paintings regularly serve as metaphors for human issues because I find the symbolic potency of animal imagery fascinating, and occasionally, very funny. In the varied traditions of storytelling and heraldry from around the world, we often see other creatures indicating human traits or behaviors more explicitly than actual humans. The semiotics of wildlife acts as a familiar and accessible entry point to my artwork’s meaning, but these traditional interpretations can also function as playful foils since my art is centered on new discoveries about the natural world and modern human concerns.
My imagery is visually striking, vivid, and layered which echoes the qualities that interest me the most as I gather inspirations from new research and journalism on zoology, history, theology, paleontology, conservation efforts, and the behavioral and social sciences. I work in oil paint, watercolor, gouache, graphite, and digital painting to carefully orchestrate dramatic and fanciful compositions. The compilation of visual and conceptual clues in my art invites viewers to be both investigators and assessors of the nuanced relationships between humans and animals.