Eric Cox Answers the YabYum Seven

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Even if you’re unfamiliar with the name of Eric Cox, you’ve probably seen his work. “Welcome to Arizona” and “Wicked Witch of the Southwest”, Eric’s shared perspective on Arizona’s own Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Gov. Jan Brewer respectively, were quite a splash as part of “The Joe and Jan Show” at R. Pela Contemporary Art last March. Far from his satirical take on public figures however, Eric’s versatility as an artist extends beyond style and dimension. And he still took time out of his schedule to answer our YabYum Seven.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

You don’t know who I am? I’ve always wanted to say that with a silly accent. My name is Eric Cox and I am a visual artist based in downtown Phoenix. My works dance all over the place ranging from large scale nude paintings to silly portraits of Sheriff Joe.

“Sheriff JoeZo”

2. How did you get your start?

I’m pretty sure it all started with crayons.

3. What inspires you? 

I really hate how vague this question is. It would be better to ask what inspires the Vaginas you make or why do you wear funny hats.

At the moment, I am inspired by the reflection of the poor choices I’ve made from my career to relationships. Perhaps purging some of negativity into the fine art world will allow me to continue to poke fun at myself (insert ridiculous facial hair [joke] here).

4. What do you like about AZ? 

A great deal of the work I create utilizes the dry heat and blistering Arizona sun. Many of my creations would not be possible without 110 degree temperatures. Basically, Arizona is my giant kiln.


5. Where can we see your work?

I am represented by 423 West Gallery in Los Angeles, WAAS Gallery in Dallas, and Art One Gallery in Scottsdale. You may have just missed my “Sheriff JoeZo” painting at R. Pela Contemporary Art. I am working on a new series involving ‘How to’ nursing books from the 70’s that will be shown at R. Pela Contemporary Art in September.

6. What would you like accomplish before you die? 

There are many projects that I have in mind that I hope to complete before I kick the bucket, but they are top secret.

7. What is your mantra? 

Keep creating no matter what they say, or don’t say.

“Wicked Witch of the Southwest” Oil on canvas. 45″ x 51″
“Captures Light and Consumes It”
“Candy Coat”
“If I Had A Grandpa He’d Be An Investment Banker”
“Fat Legs”
“Old Man Phoenix”
“Biological Clock”
“Welcome to Arizona”
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