Tom Fox is a sculptor, educator, and fabricator. He is a materialsmith working in many materials and processes; common and uncommon. Most of his creative output moves in and about the boundaries of fine, applied, and performance art. He has defined his sculptural output as an expression of experiences from his blue-collar work life. Experiences interpreted from the vantagepoint of a sculptor; the researched and the researcher. His intent is to connect with the viewer with vaguely familiar sculptural elements. Resonance with these sculptural elements emerge for the viewer concisely or subconsciously when encountered by the viewer outside of the exhibition space.
Fox was born in Chicago Illinois to an overhead crane operator and a waitress. He showed creative / artistic tendencies as a young boy and they were under development from his earliest academic exposure. Tom moved to San Diego in 1981 and has lived in the city until present, save for a few years in the early 1980’s when he lived in the Houston / Galveston TX area.
Tom earned a B.A in applied design, with an emphasis in metalsmithing from San Diego State University in 2004, and an M.F.A. in studio art with emphasis in sculpture from San Diego State university in 2011.
Tom Fox has developed curriculum for and instructed 3-dimensional design, mold making, patination, ceramics, contemporary crafts and art appreciation in San Diego since 2006 at San Diego State University, Grossmont College, and the San Diego Community College district. He developed sand instructed metal sculpture classes every quarter for 9 years at the UCSD Crafts Center.
He has conducted numerous lectures, presentations and applied workshops concerning mold making, foundry, welding, blacksmithing, and fabrication at multiple commercial and academic sites in San Diego and around the country.
Tom has exhibited his creative work in numerous exhibitions locally and around the United States. Fox has completed commissioned work for many clients including other artists, local museums, commercial and academic sites.
Fox and his wife, Tamara, currently operate TomFox Art & Design and Slaghole Enterprises, a studio and workshop in San Diego CA. He is currently the President of the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance Inc. and has been part of many committee’s instrumental in the planning and execution of many sculpture based educational conferences and events internationally, regionally, and locally since the change of the millennium. Tom views his community service as a celebration through extension.