David Foxcroft, "Propeller," 2012, mixed media, acrylic on canvas, 36.5" x 36".
David Foxcroft’s paintings are such riotous combinations of colour and form it seems they should fall apart visually. But Foxcroft’s strong sense of composition pulls his collage assemblages together, while feeding his fascination with interior spaces and what goes on in them.
His paintings move along a spectrum from abstraction to representation, drawing on myriad references – whether the history of painting or life as it unfolds around him. Often the starting points are just the miscellaneous objects that collect in his studio, combining and mutating through time.
"Table of Contents"
David Foxcroft, "Table of Contents," 2014, mixed media, acrylic and oil on canvas, 57.75" x 52.75".
What some might dismiss as clutter is thus Foxcroft’s inspiration. “It’s sort of happenstance that these things fall together and I take notice of them,” he says. While his interest rests more in formal issues – how various colour juxtapositions can work together, for instance, a narrative usually runs through each painting. “You’ve got to figure out what you want to say with it,” he says.
David Foxcroft, "Flood," 2012, mixed media, acrylic on canvas, 47.75" x 47.75".
Foxcroft works out of the Edge Gallery in Canmore, Alta., which he owns with his wife, Kathy. His art was included in Made in Calgary, the recent decade-by-decade tribute to the city’s artists at the Glenbow Museum.
David Foxcroft is represented by Jarvis Hall Fine Art in Calgary and the Edge Gallery in Canmore. His work sells for $600 to $6,000.