The Air Gallery (Lower Gallery), 32 Dover Street London
March 22nd (set up) - 28th 2009
10.30am-6pm daily - by appointment on Sunday 22nd & Saturday 28th.
Dr. Desiree Cox, MD, PhD - Poet, Jazz singer, medical doctor, lecturer and artist, was born in The Bahamas where she is currently based and has spent much time in the UK working both as a doctor during the day and jazz singer/artist by night.
Her forthcoming exhibition follows her successful New York exhibition in October last year and will showcase her new collection of paintings and poems amongst glicee prints of her earlier work.
Desiree's very much a renaissance woman, being connected passionately to many aspects of both visual and performance art. Her work as a doctor is closely connected to her art; through research and practice she has seen first hand how these two professions help whole person health and promotes this strongly through the UK charity, Performing Cures which she set up in 2002.
Her oil on canvases, can be viewed during this unique exhibition along side her music to bring to fruition the feeling the two arts working together in a positive, aesthetic and feel good experience.
Her canvasses - all brightly coloured masterpieces of abstract and landscape scenes are all meticulously conceived to create a visual explosion of wealth and colour. Each composition holds the viewer and loses them temporally in the tranquility of both her extraordinary sound, thoughts and vision.
During the evening of the 24th, starting at 7.15pm, Desiree is giving an artist talk during her private viewing on 'Consciousness creativity - new paradigms for 'whole-person 'health'.
The talk is free and invitations can be sought from Fine Art Promotions (www.fineartpromotions.com).
'I want my paintings to be portals to mythical realms, gateways to imaginary worlds beyond everyday reality. Seeing beyond the illusion of âreality' is the first step to dreaming our own dreams, and speaking with our own authentic voice. When we dream our own dreams, and speak authentically, we bring light to the world and we inspire others to let their light shine'. Desiree Cox 2009.
Desiree Cox was born in the slums of Nassau in 1965, however, from an early age her positive upbringing installed her iron determination and sensitivity to the meaning of life . At the tender age of five she made her first public performance as a singer, and at eleven she was chosen as the soloist at the state funeral of the First Governor General of the Bahamas. A singing career beckoned but to the young Desiree her dream was to help others to become a doctor. The first in her family to go to university; funded by giving recitals together with the help of winning two Bahamian scholarships. She later won a Rhodes scholarship to study medicine at Oxford University England, then went on to study an MA in medical history at Cambridge; later came the PhD. Interested in the Renaissance, a period when there were no boundaries between art, music and medicine resonated with her.
She decided early that she would follow her own path, and be guided by her inner voice and intuition. Her path led to her to working in a number of different professions; a medical doctor, an academic historian of medicine, a jazz-singer, a writer, a consultant in Human Development and Urban Renewal. Now finally, she is able to speak her truth using the symbolism of words, sound and colour on canvas.
During her medical studies she began to fully appreciate the healing powers of the imagination. After studying at Cambridge, she worked in London as a doctor and a performing artist for a number of years; being a hospital-doctor by day, and a Jazz-singer by night. She came to see that healing was a journey of the soul and visual art, the soul's journey expressed in living colour.
In 2002, Desiree set up the UK charity Performing Cures to connect hospital communities through the performance of live music, art and dramatic performances in the public spaces of hospitals. Since 2004 she have lived in The Bahamas and the UK and since January 2009 she combines her job as Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Integrative Medicine at Ross University Medical School (DeVry Corporation) in Freeport, Bahamas with Medical Humanities; where she researches in Consciousness and Creativity, paints, writes and teaches medical students.
Inspired by light, colour and energy of nature her paintings explore the ânot so grey' areas between the âreal' and the âunreal'. The âcolour families' or combinations of colours she uses, draws from the Bahamian public art form known as âJunkanoo'.
She has exhibited internationally including New York, the Bahamas and London where she connects her paintings with the performing arts and fiction with the aim of creating a sacred space; where people can travel through the doorway of the imagination to worlds that inspire them.
Her forthcoming exhibition at the Air Gallery, London, which commences on The 22nd March 2009, is one that should not to be missed. In a time of world economical uncertainty, there will be, albeit for just a week, a small area within London that will be filled with freshness, bountiful colour, ambient sound and most importantly filled with an immense amount of positive feeling.
Combining Visionary paintings and evocative poetry, OutSide In is an exhibition of contemporary surreal images which draws the viewer into the mythical and colourful real and unreal worlds that revolve in, through and outside of us. The exhibition is a translation of these conscious and unconscious excursions into a series of images painted on canvas and with words, which invite the viewer to bask in various inner states.
In this exhibition, the artist, originally a scientist and medical doctor now also artist and writer with twenty-five years experience of exploring the worlds of medicine and humanities shares images from her transformation the turning outside in and inside out towards âwhole-person' health.
Open daily from 10.30 - 6pm FREE ENTRY
For information or complimentary tickets for the private view evening and artist's talk -'Consciousness Creativity - new paradigms for 'whole-person 'health' please call Fine Art Promotions on 07941271244 or contact us via the website.
Reviews of Artist's Work
âA convincing sense of emotional freedom grips one at the first acquaintance with the blazing canvasses of self-styled, visionary Bahamian artist Dr Desiree Cox. â¦â¦Dr Cox' work is deeply philosophic and her style of rendering is unique and personal. Her use of colour is vibrant and visually arrestingâ¦.Her canvases are alight in a blaze of glory - set in motion in a seemingly endless and spectacular flow of waves - sometimes in a deliberate free style, free form movement. â
âA Blaze of Glory', by Will Pluck, Art Critic, The Tribune, August 29th 2007.
âThe surfaces of her canvases were seductively and skillfully crafted with warm primary palettes of color that streamed through the compositions in a way that suggested a kind of dream-like landscape scenarioâ¦â¦ Not unlike the way her music functions, her paintings follow almost in an illustrative manner to the overall mood of the music, which is one of solemn and quiet self-reflection and projections of optimism.'
âWhere do we go from here?' by John Cox, The Guardian, November 13th 2006.