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Paul Cox

Paul William Cox (born 1957)


Paul Cox’s fluid, immediate draughtsmanship and vibrant colour make him one of the most enjoyable and versatile of contemporary illustrators. read more...
Paul Cox
Paul William Cox (born 1957)

Paul Cox’s fluid, immediate draughtsmanship and vibrant colour make him one of the most enjoyable and versatile of contemporary illustrators. Well known for his warm and witty contributions to books and magazines, he has ranged in his work as a designer between stamps and stage sets.

Paul Cox was born in London on 31 July 1957, and was educated at Port Regis, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and Stanbridge Earls School, Romsey, Hampshire. He studied illustration at Camberwell School of Art (under Linda Kitson, 1975-79) and the Royal College of Art (1979-82). While there, he won second prize in The Folio Society’s annual competition, for illustrations to Lucky Jim (though these were not published).

Since his graduation in 1982, he has worked as a freelance illustrator and painter, involving himself in an extraordinary number and variety of projects. Readers of newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic will instantly recognise his wonderfully fresh images from the
Daily Telegraph, Country Life, The Spectator, The Sunday Times Magazine, Punch, The Times, Blueprint Magazine, Vanity Fair and Esquire (whose ‘Smart Money’ section featured Cox’s work for over two years).

His career as a book illustrator has been equally diverse, titles ranging from Tim Heald’s Honourable Estates (1992) to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1993). A close relationship with The Folio Society has yielded editions of Somerville and Ross’s Experience of an Irish RM (1984) and Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat (1992), and numerous works by P G Wodehouse: Leave it to Psmith (1989), eleven of the Jeeves and Wooster series of novels, including Thank You, Jeeves (1996), and five of the Blandings novels (2004). His latest illustrations are for Stanley Trachtenberg’s children’s book, The Elevator Man, and Ned Halley’s comic wine stories, Absolute Corkers (both 2009).

Cox’s other commissions have included stamp designs for Royal Mail, set designs for the 50th anniversary production of the musical, Salad Days, a mural for the lecture hall at the Royal College of Surgeons, and a set of fifteen very large watercolours for the St Charles Hospital, Ladbroke Grove, London.

The Chris Beetles Gallery has mounted exhibitions of his work in 1989 and 1993, and major retrospective in 2001. In 2006, The Folio Society commissioned him to illustrate a 50th anniversary version of Gerald Durrell’s classic, My Family and other Animals, the drawings from which were exhibited in two highly successful shows at the Durrell Wildlife Foundation in Jersey and the Chris Beetles Gallery in November 2006.

A large retrospective exhibition of Paul's work, 'A Journey Through His Art', was held at the Chris Beetles Gallery in 2013, and included views of Rome, made in 2011 on his first ever visit to the eternal city in the company of Chris.

Paul is currently 'preparing a collection of drawings for a book on London, including work made in the 1980s, showing how things have changed, and finding new and unusual contrasts both social and architectural'.
SELF PORTRAIT AT FARLEY POST OFFICE, NEW YORK by PAUL COX

SELF PORTRAIT AT FARLEY POST OFFICE, NEW YORK

IT WAS LARRY WHO DISCOVERED THAT QUASIMODO WAS A MUSICAL PIGEON by PAUL COX

IT WAS LARRY WHO DISCOVERED THAT QUASIMODO WAS A MUSICAL PIGEON

ONLY TWO, MY DEAR, ONLY TWO by PAUL COX

ONLY TWO, MY DEAR, ONLY TWO

BY JOVE! TWELVE O'CLOCK! by PAUL COX

BY JOVE! TWELVE O'CLOCK!

FROM THE DICKY OF THE CAR IMMEDIATELY BELOW IT THE MILD FACE OF THE EMPRESS PEERED UP AT HIM, SILVERED BY THE MOONLIGHT by PAUL COX

FROM THE DICKY OF THE CAR IMMEDIATELY BELOW IT THE MILD FACE OF THE EMPRESS PEERED UP AT HIM, SILVERED BY THE MOONLIGHT

TOAD OF TOAD HALL by PAUL COX

TOAD OF TOAD HALL

THE GREAT PARADE by PAUL COX

THE GREAT PARADE

FOUNTAIN, UZES MARKET by PAUL COX

FOUNTAIN, UZES MARKET

CAISSE D'EPARGNE, UZES by PAUL COX

CAISSE D'EPARGNE, UZES

BOSHAM HARBOUR by PAUL COX

BOSHAM HARBOUR

DOMINIQUE BROWNING DISCOVERING WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NEW YORK by PAUL COX

DOMINIQUE BROWNING DISCOVERING WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NEW YORK

SINGING IN FRONT OF THE FIRE by PAUL COX

SINGING IN FRONT OF THE FIRE

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE FROM OXFORD TO VENICE by PAUL COX

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE FROM OXFORD TO VENICE