Dave was an observer of life and translated all that he saw, heard or experienced into his artwork. Growing up in Austria, the countryside was his playground. From early on Dave belonged to hiking groups and honed his observation skills, which he transferred to his new life in Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles Dave found new playgrounds – the LA Farmers Market, Melrose Ave., the streets of Los Angeles at a time of growth and change. It was through his association with Jewish Federation in Los Angeles that he met his wife, Senta. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Orange County, where they raised their two children.
Dave divided his artwork equally between landscapes and people. He perfected his skills at drawing the human form and giving it personality and life. Throughout his long career he always returned to themes that reflected on his Jewish upbringing. His sketchpad, always with him, became his vehicle for capturing the world he saw.
His interest in Jewish subjects was reflected in the people walking on Melrose Avenue; in the people enjoying Farmer’s Market in LA; in the chestnut vendor and the fish seller; in the Shabbat series, and in the abstract series reflecting a return to Jerusalem. Finally, when Dave turned his attention to ceramics he created a series of Jewish ceremonial objects – seder plates, Kiddush cups, and Havdalah sets. Into his nineties Dave still painted everyday and continued to be a keen observer of the world around him.
Dave Fox was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920, where he lived until shortly after the annexation of Austria in late 1938. Dave escaped via the German-Belgium border, seeking refuge in Belgium. From there he came to the United States in December 1939, and settled in Los Angeles. Dave was inducted into and served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines and Japan.
Returning to the US, Dave studied at some of the first art schools in Los Angeles. He studied with artists, such as Rico Lebrun, Frances de Erderly and Emil Bistrim at the Bistrim School of Fine Art. At the Jepson Art Institute, Guy Maccoy, a noted pioneer in the art of serigraphy introduced Dave to printmaking. After completing his studies, Dave was employed by an electronics firm as an artist and graphic designer. Dave went on to earn his BFA, MA and MFA in drawing and painting with special emphasis in printmaking from California State University Fullerton. Dave’s work included printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics and computer graphics.