Ollie Cox

About the Artist

Ollie Cox in his home. 2009
Ollie Cox in his home. 2009

Born in 1948 to one of the few African American families in Abingdon, Virginia, Ollie Cox got an education and got out of town. After graduating from Johnson C. Smith College in Durham, NC he worked in a series of “corporate jobs”, which took him to the west coast.

But family medical issues called him back to Abingdon in about 2000. He remained alienated by the town of his birth, but hanging out with younger ‘bohemian’ artists inspired him to take refuge in art. Working on recycled automobile panels, radiators, window shades, and discarded stage-sets, he painted his personal vision of a world somewhere between San Francisco and the cosmos.

In 2007 Ollie Cox's work was featured in the exhibit, "Inside the Outside", at the William King Regional Arts Center in Abingdon, Va. (April 20 - June 17, 2007). Exhibit curator Roann Barris wrote: “Ollie's work is a riotous explosion, an outburst of color, paint, and pattern”.  In the spring of 2011 Ollie Cox returned to the west coast to live.
We were sad to learn recently that Ollie passed away in Santa Fe in 2017.

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Ollie Cox (Abingdon, Virginia)
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Oil on wood slab
(26 1/2" x 10 1/4"), 2006

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Ollie Cox (Abingdon, Virginia)

Ollie Cox (Abingdon, Virginia),
Oil and acrylic on recycled plywood panel
(62" x 24"), 2002

"Every painting in the house was out in the open, but we came to one sort of secret room that had a closed door. 'I guess you should see this, too,' he offered, not wanting to offend my wife. 'We're all adults.' He opened the door of this mystery space, yet another room jammed with paintings, but barely bigger than a closet.

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Ollie Cox (Abingdon, Virginia)

Oil and acrylic on recycled plywood panel
(62" x 24"), 2002

"Every painting in the house was out in the open, but we came to one sort of secret room that had a closed door. 'I guess you should see this, too,' he offered, not wanting to offend my wife. 'We're all adults.' He opened the door of this mystery space, yet another room jammed with paintings, but barely bigger than a closet.

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