5 Times Larry Zox Made Us Love the Diamond

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Larry Zox was an American artist best known for his abstract expressionist works tackling the nuances of color field painting and lyrical abstraction. His work can be found in notable collections all over the world, including The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art, both in New York. And while we love his treatment of robust color, we remain a bit partial to his exuberant diamond paintings. Zox’s flatly painted diamonds changed the course of the Color Field Movement in the 1960’s and continue to captivate audiences today. These five artworks demonstrate the artist’s love and mastery of the diamond shape.

1. Diamond Drill, c. 1968

LARRY ZOX Diamond Drill
Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 40 in.

 

The main diamond in this painting stands proud against a thickly outlined triangle clearly threatened by the attention. Zox’s love of strong color is evident in this work as he employs a gorgeous maroon to emphasize the diamond’s predominant position.

2. Untitled (Double Gemini), 1962

LARRY ZOX Double Gemini
Acrylic epoxy on canvas, 50 x 100 in.

 

Five years’ prior to his titled diamond series, Zox created this large painting of dual, eight-sided shapes that merge together and highlight a central diamond. We’re particularly fond of how Zox highlights one half in orange and the other in the color of the corresponding shape. The ebb and flow of color and line entertain the eye and speak to the artist’s love of movement.

3. Danforth (Diamond Drill Series), 1967

LARRY ZOX Danforth
Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 40 in.

 

Zox was a master at incorporating bright, vibrant color in a variety of compositions, but we appreciate his nod to black and white – negative and positive space – in this stark and powerful painting. A diamond in white next to a prominent black foreground pairs well with the small touches of subdued, warm colors to the right of the canvas.

4. Cordova Diamond Drill, 1967

LARRY ZOX Cordova
Acrylic on canvas, 66 x 48 in.

 

Ok. We lied. Sometimes it’s about the bling. This painting is deceptively luxurious by highlighting the large, cropped diamond shape in a rich gold outline. Set against a jet-black background, this color combination and powerful command of shape add a glamorous energy to Zox’s canvas.

5. Double Diamond, 1971

LARRY ZOX Double Diamond
Aquatint, 32 x 23.7 in.

 

Look closely to spot the diamond within a diamond. Zox uses a beautiful blend of orange, yellow, black, and white, to imply fractured and whole diamond shapes. Lines appear and disappear within the canvas, reminding us that Zox had an incredible way of teasing the eye.