THE ILLUSTRATORS 2018 : CROSS, PETER (Born 1951)

Peter Cross

Peter Cross (born 1951)


From 1975, Peter Cross began to emerge as an illustrator of great originality, making his name with books that continue to delight children and adults alike. read more...
Peter Cross
Peter Cross (born 1951)

From 1975, Peter Cross began to emerge as an illustrator of great originality, making his name with books that continue to delight children and adults alike. Unwilling to restrict his fertile imagination to two dimensions, he also created a series of eccentric cabinets of curiosities. Such richness and variety were then directed towards advertising and, in particular, to delightful work for the company Wine Rack. Cross’s dry, yet charming visual-verbal wit has reached a wide international public through designs for greetings cards, first for Gordon Fraser (Hallmark 1995-2000) and then for The Great British Card Company.

Peter Cross was born in Guildford and educated at Parkside, East Horsley, and at Ewell Castle. At first he worked as a technical illustrator for Hawker Siddley, but from 1975 began to emerge as an imaginative illustrator of great originality. He made his name with eleven children’s books which continue to delight children and parents alike with their humorous detail. Subsequently, he responded directly to adults’ interest in his work by producing 1588 and All This... (1988) and The Boys’ Own Battle of Britain (1990). Unwilling to restrict his fertile imagination to two dimensions, he also created a series of eccentric cabinets of curiosities, centring on themes as diverse as Sigmund Freud, the Cheltenham Literary Festival and the equipment of a fairy seamstress. Such richness and variety were then directed towards advertising and, in particular, to delightful work for the company Wine Rack. The dry, yet charming visual-verbal wit of Peter Cross reached a wide international public through designs for phenomenally successful Harbottle & Co greetings cards published by Gordon Fraser (Hallmark 1995-2000).

Following this success, the challenge of renovating Bryony Hill, a beautiful country house in Surrey, allowed Cross the opportunity to develop his skills in interior design and landscape gardening. The house with its wonderfully eccentric bridge and turret, and dreamy views to the South Downs beyond, seemed to evoke scenes from his first book
Trouble for Trumpets (1982). Indeed this almost fairytale world prompted one Hollywood producer to attempt to turn the book into a film. Inspired by his idyllic surroundings and by wife Kim’s bread and butter puddings, Peter has now started his own greetings card range published by The Great British Card Company. He is also working towards a major retrospective exhibition at Chris Beetles Gallery to celebrate the 25 years of his fruitful association with the gallery.

Since 2008, Peter Cross has been building his card range – providing some of the National Trust’s bestselling designs over the last few years. More recently, he has returned to making ‘boxes’, unique mixed-media cabinets of curiosity, which allow him to express his scintillating imagination to its fullest.

Peter has also created his own website, which went live in 2012. Meanwhile, Chris Beetles Gallery is currently planning a major retrospective book and exhibition on Peter’s work.
WHISKY TASTING by PETER CROSS

WHISKY TASTING

HARBOTTLE & CO MOBILE DISTILLERY by PETER CROSS

HARBOTTLE & CO MOBILE DISTILLERY

MERE CATS! by PETER CROSS

MERE CATS!

YAPPY HOUR by PETER CROSS

YAPPY HOUR

BEERKAT CHRISTMAS by PETER CROSS

BEERKAT CHRISTMAS

TEE TOTAL by PETER CROSS

TEE TOTAL

KITTEN'S FUN CHRISTMAS by PETER CROSS

KITTEN'S FUN CHRISTMAS

ONE FOR THE BARREL by PETER CROSS

ONE FOR THE BARREL

CHRISTMAS KITTENS by PETER CROSS

CHRISTMAS KITTENS

A WEE NIP by PETER CROSS

A WEE NIP

S'NO GOAL! by PETER CROSS

S'NO GOAL!

HEDGIE WELLY by PETER CROSS

HEDGIE WELLY

FINDING A HOME FOR THE JEFFREY ARCHER POLITICAL CARTOON COLLECTION by PETER CROSS

FINDING A HOME FOR THE JEFFREY ARCHER POLITICAL CARTOON COLLECTION