LIFE’S JOURNEY

by STACEY MARCUS

AT THE END OF OUR INTERVIEW, Ginger Fox looked out her studio window and noticed little bitty snowflakes falling from the winter sky. She was delighted but not surprised that snow would randomly swirl outside her window on an early Texas morning. Since moving into space, the universe has been sprinkling all sorts of magic into her world.

“It’s not what I planned, but sometimes life takes you kicking and screaming where you need to go,” says Fox of her new studio space in Dallas’ Design District. “The great thing about my studio is that I feel really comfortable here,” Fox says that she had been blocked from creating her signature surrealist paintings for a couple of years but has recently found inspiration.

PHOTO BY HOLGER OBENAUS

Fox was born and raised in the Panhandle region of West Texas. She has more than two decades of experience in the art industry, beginning with her career as a decorative artist and then focusing full time on her fine art career starting in 2006. After showing her work in galleries across the nation, she opened her own gallery in the Bishop Arts District in 2012. Six years later she moved into a 5,000-square-foot space in the Dallas Design District that coupled as a working studio and showroom for Fox and other fine artists.

She relocated to a private studio on Oak Lawn Avenue at the end of 2019 and is beyond jubilant in her new space with its soaring 20-foot ceiling. “I didn’t know what
was going to happen,” she says about hanging art so high, but happily reports that affirmation came when she sold two different pieces from the highest point.
“People walk in and are always looking up. It is a magical space.”

We’re on the Same Page, Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″

A quick scan of the studio illuminates both her unconventionality and gift for working in many styles. At first glance, one may think the space is brimming with works by many artists, but in actuality, it is a collection of Fox’s works. Her styles and subjects encompass abstract expressionism, abstract flora, abstract views, animals, atmospheric abstracts, cloud abstractions, the Glow series, “hard edge” abstracts, the Power Club series, surrealism, the Texas Roadside series, textural scapes, and water.

“If more artists had opportunities to create more styles, they would. It would enable them to be more creative,” says Fox, who points out that she is both left-handed and ambidextrous. While pondering how her dexterity may be an element to her superpowers, enabling her to create everything from billowing blossoms to her painting Badass Barbies, Fox notes that it was her assistant who saw a progression in Fox’s artwork overtime when she viewed her website. Connecting the dots was never her intention; her story is organic and authentic.

Manicured Chaos, Acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 48″

“People often bring insight into my work as they project their experiences onto my paintings. Art is subjective, and it surprises me to hear how it impacts the viewer,” says Fox. For instance, her cloud abstractions create an ethereal feel. “Some people see fish, others see confetti,” she notes. Fox’s water series makes everyone feel calm. Her “hard edge” paintings are a departure from her textural abstracts and create an interesting challenge to balance bold color with a minimal design. One of the things she adores about her private studio is that she can curate it gallery style, so people can see her range.

While working on a painting of a cloud with a lightning bolt, she was reminded that she had 13 commissions in the queue. Fox often works on at least four paintings at a time. As she moves between her different easels, each painting is brought to life one brushstroke at a time. When she went back to the lightning painting, she added a Prada store in the foreground, marking the piece with her trademark unconventionality and inspiring her Texas Roadside series.

Summer Comes Again, Acrylic on canvas, 50″ x 40″

A couple from Idaho Googled “art galleries” when looking to discover the art scene in Dallas. They popped by the studio, were impressed by the range of styles and are now ordering two unique commissions by Fox. Much like the bitty snowflakes, they just magically appeared. “Once you let go of things, you allow new things to come in,” Fox says, smiling.

Stacey Marcus is a Boston-based freelance lifestyle, luxury and travel writer. Her works have appeared in Art New England, Boston, Boston Common Magazine, Coastal Design Magazine, Charleston Style & Design, Modern Luxury Chicago, Ocean Home Magazine, Playboy.com, RD.com, and many others. A lover of big words and little white dogs, Stacey’s biggest joys are found in life’s simple moments.