Artists in the Collection

Kathleen Fox

Born 1880, Dublin, Ireland
Died 1963, Dublin , Ireland

Born in Dublin, Fox studied drawing and painting at the Metropolitan School of Art, under William Orpen, acting for a spell as his assistant. In 1908, she won a gold medal for a work comprising a copper cup and “baisse-taille” enamel, decorated with figures. Two years later, her oils, watercolour paintings, enamels and stained glass panels were also well received at the school’s “Past and Present” exhibition. She also showed at the Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland exhibition in the same year. Leaving Dublin in 1911, she took a studio in London before travelling to Paris to continue her studies. While away, she submitted works to the Royal Hibernian Academy, the first of over 80 submissions over the following 45 years. Returning to Dublin, she ventured into the violent scenes of the Uprising, capturing on canvas the surrender of Countess Markievicz at the College of Surgeons – ‘The Arrest’, (1916). Fox continued to exhibit at numerous venues including: The National Portrait Society’s 1921 Exhibition, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Society of Women Artists, the Royal Academy and the Oireachtas. In her later years, she also exhibited at the Dawson Gallery, Dublin and the Contemporary Irish Exhibition at Aberystwyth.
Kathleen Fox died in Milltown, Dublin, at the age of 83.