If you’ve seen Alan Foxx’s artwork before, you could recognize it anywhere.
One of the most popular selling brands at Disney Springs’ Pop Gallery, Foxx’s “Fantasy Art” is created through rough, hand-drawn sketches and computer graphic design.
For the third year, Foxx’s art is available for purchase at Epcot’s 3rd annual International Festival of the Arts, at the Pop Gallery booth located in World Showcase.
We sat down with Foxx, an Osceola County resident, to learn a little more about his background in art, notable projects and what it’s like to be featured at this festival.
Osceola News-Gazette: What kind of art do you make?
Alan Foxx: “I call it ‘Fantasy Art Graphics Paintings.’ All of my art is from my imagination.”
ONG: How did you get into graphic design?
Foxx: “While a student at Oakland University, I had an offer to teach graphics and computer graphics at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. While teaching there I actually developed the technique for creating my graphic paintings and developed classes for both their Industrial Design department and Graphic Communication department based on this technique.”
ONG: What are your most notable projects?
Foxx: “I loved animating Stitch for the media group at Disney for the ‘Stitch’s Great Escape’ attraction back in 2002. It was my first project with Disney. It’s not what everyone saw at the attraction — by the animation I did, I showed the press and the worldwide media what the attraction was going to look like. This led to other projects at Disney. Before Disney, I was an animator for NASA and did some very exciting projects for them, and also did some of the animation for training for the U.S. Navy before that.”
ONG: Did you always want to be affiliated with Disney as an artist?
Foxx: “YES! Who wouldn’t be?! I love Disney! After 16 years of being affiliated with them, I still love being an artist there! I never get tired of it!”
ONG: When did you first become a featured artist at Disney Springs’ Pop Gallery?
Foxx: “I first became a featured artist at the Hoypoloi art gallery at Downtown Disney on Dec. 15, 2002. It was a life changing moment, but I didn’t know that until years later. Ron Hoy — the owner of Hoypoloi and also Pop Gallery — gave me an invite to become one of his artists. I had no idea then what impact that would be on my life. After several years of success at Hoypoloi, Ron invited me to join the artists at Pop Gallery in November 2008."
ONG: Now that you’re in your third year of having your art showcased with Pop Gallery at Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts, what are you looking forward to most?
Foxx: “I’ve done many art shows in the past. I truly look forward to doing the Epcot International Festival of the Arts the most. Each of the past two years when the show ends in February, I very much look forward to the following January to do the Epcot International Festival of the Arts all over again! I love doing this festival. As an artist, my biggest thrill in my art career is being an artist at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. I truly enjoy meeting the people that come out to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in person! I enjoy meeting everyone that comes up to me and share a conversation at our booth. I also very much look forward to meeting and talking to the other artists at the other booths that are participating in the festival.”
ONG: What is your favorite of Epcot’s festivals?
Foxx: “I love all the festivals at Epcot! Of course my favorite is the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, but the Food and Wine Festival is a close second. I love not only seeing the art from all of the other artists, I also love the food Disney has. I so much look forward to the Festival of the Arts all year long!”
For more information on Alan Foxx or his artwork, visit AlanFoxx.com.
Pop Gallery is located at Disney Springs – 1504 E. Buena Vista Drive, Orlando. Visit PopGalleryOrlando.com.