Brian Fox’s paintings of actors, sports legends and rock stars have been displayed and sold through big name galleries in New York, California, and even Walt Disney World, but now his artwork is hanging in his new studio in Commonwealth Landing.
The exposed beams, original bricks and 16-foot ceilings are an ideal setting for Fox’s large canvas paintings that are a who’s who of legends and cultural icons. «It’s got a cool New York feel to it and (Jerry) Remy’s and Red Cedar are right there,» he said of the studio’s easy access to the restaurants in Commonwealth Landing at 1082 Davol St.
It’s a far cry from the Somerset native’s early days as an artist living in a 10-by-20-foot shed that he built as his first studio.
«I was ‘in-between’ places. But it got pretty cold in the winter,» recalled Fox humorously of the years before his career took off and he and his wife, Cyndy, married and had their two sons, Jacob, 9, and Nathan, 7.
The Somerset resident, who also has a studio in his home, said the new studio, located in a prime spot at the main entrance to the mixed use building in the former Quaker Fabrics headquarters, provides a sophisticated and convenient place to meet with prospective buyers and clients like retired Patriots lineman Matt Light, who stopped by the studio recently.
The studio, which he also plans to use as a painting workspace, showcases the nationally known artist’s work, which ranges from Mark Wahlberg in his role as Micky Ward in «The Fighter,» to Johnny Depp in «Pirates of the Caribbean,» Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Patriots quarterback Tom
Brady, and «MHK,» a painting he was commissioned to create for Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in honor of Kraft’s late wife, Myra.
The MHK painting, considered to be Fox’s most well-know piece, hung in the Patriots locker room last season as the team made its way to the Super Bowl. Kraft invited Fox to the Super Bowl, and paid to fly him there to be a part of the season that was dedicated to Myra Kraft. «It meant a lot to me to be a part of that important season,» said Fox, of the piece that he said was also one of the most special to him.
Fox is also known for the paintings he creates in support of charitable organizations including the Matt Light Foundation, Kevin Youkilis’ Youk’s Kids, the ALS Foundation, and the Major League Baseball Players Trust.
He said his paintings are imbued with «symbology» that tells a story or marks a significant moment in the painting subject’s history. He just completed a painting of Russian president Vladimir Putin as a hockey player and he’s currently working on a piece about Fall River native Chris Herren detailing the basketball player’s struggle and recovery from drug addiction.
One of his newest pieces, a multi-panel, 8-by-10-foot painting of local Red Sox legend Jerry Remy tagging out New York Yankee Bucky Dent, will be unveiled on Thursday night at a grand opening party at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill. Fox’s studio will be open for a special holiday sneak peak that night from 7 to 10 p.m. to the public. Aside from the opening, business hours at Fox’s studio are currently by appointment only at 774-365-6976. Visit www.brianfoxstudios.com for more info about the artist.
For tickets to Jerry Remy’s Fall River opening from 6 to 7 p.m., visit www.jerryremys.com. The «Green Monster» mural by local artist M.C. Lamarre will also be unveiled at the opening. The event is open to the public, and a percentage of the evening’s dinner proceeds will be donated to the Fall River Boys and Girls Club.