Gerry Fox is a filmmaker and artist who has won major awards throughout his career for his films about the world’s leading contemporary artists including Gilbert and George, Claes Oldenburg, Christian Boltanski, Marc Quinn, Gerhard Richter, Robert Frank and Bill Viola. His awards include the BAFTA, The Royal Television Society Best Arts Film, The Grierson Best Arts Documentary, The Grand Prize at The Festival of Films on Art in Montreal, the Chicago Gold Hugo and The Prix Italia. All these films were shown nationally in the UK on ITV’s longstanding arts series, The South Bank Show, Channel 4 and the BBC 1 flagship arts series Imagine as well as internationally on broadcast and cable television, and in major film festivals including Rotterdam, Tribeca, London, Viennale, Naples, Bologna, and Chicago as well as major art museums from The Met to the Tate, MOMA to The National Portrait Gallery, the Pompidou Centre to FOAM Amsterdam and Fotomuseum Winterthur, The National Gallery of Art Washington to The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, the Uffizi in Florence to The Royal Academy in London. In the last few years he has made several full-length films for cinema release including Bill Viola: The Road to St Paul’s, Marc Quinn Making Waves and most recently in conjunction with Sky Arts, Curzon Cinemas and Picturehouse Cinemas, Force of Nature Natalia about legendary dancer Natalia Osipova, Burning Man: Art on Fire and Falling for Stradivari, a musical journey with Janine Jansen. In 2019 his feature film Leaving Home Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank was released theatrically across the United States to wide critical acclaim. Gerald Fox also directed the UK released feature film Mother’s Milk, based on the acclaimed novel by Edward St Aubyn. The film won eight major awards including Best Film and Best Director at the Monaco International Film Festival.
In recent years, as Gerry Fox he started making large-scale, multiple-screen site specific film installation works that have received wide public attention and critical acclaim. He was the first artist in residence at 176, a vibrant new art space in Camden, London from 2007-2008; the resulting exhibition, Living London, was Exhibition of the Week in Time Out and Critics Choice in both The Times and The Guardian as well as receiving broad critical attention in the national press, radio and television. His installation Favela Descending, part of the Concrete and Glass festival in October 2008, and exhibited at Village Underground in Shoreditch, was also a Critics’ Choice in Time Out and The Guardian. Venice in Venice, a six screen installation about the city in all its guises, made over five years, was exhibited at the Palazzo dona della Rose during the Venice Biennale in 2009 and was the subject of a short documentary by esteemed art critic and presenter, Waldemar Januszczak. The show was a popular hit, receiving between a hundred and fifty and two hundred visitors a day from all over the world. He has also done two solo shows of framed moving image works at Eleven Fine Art in London: Venetian Impressions (2010) inspired by the work of Turner, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Sargent and Nudes Moving (2012) based on nude studies by Schiele and Rodin. In 2017/18 he participated in a major group exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall (Birmingham) examining the legacy of JMW Turner on contemporary artists where his works hung next to paintings by the great artist himself. The show was Pick of the Week in The Guardian. His 3-screen installation Staffa (2017), in collaboration with composer Ned Bigham played in the Edinburgh International Festival both at the National Library and live at the Usher Hall in the Closing Night Concert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 his show Temple of Love featured multi-screen moving artworks inspired by sculptures and drawings by Rodin at Hix Art, London.