THE ILLUSTRATORS 2018 : COX, PAUL (Born 1957)

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'.
THEY AIN'T GOING TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC by PAUL COX

THEY AIN'T GOING TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC

AND RAN THE BOAT PAST HAMPTON COURT by PAUL COX

AND RAN THE BOAT PAST HAMPTON COURT

'CARE TO LOOK OVER THE BOAT?' HE ASKED by PAUL COX

'CARE TO LOOK OVER THE BOAT?' HE ASKED

IF JEEVES SETS OUT TO SHIFT A FELLOW FROM SPOT A TO SPOT B, FROM A STATE-ROOM ON A YACHT, FOR INSTANCE, TO THE SHORE IN FRONT OF HIS COTTAGE, HE JUST DOES IT by PAUL COX

IF JEEVES SETS OUT TO SHIFT A FELLOW FROM SPOT A TO SPOT B, FROM A STATE-ROOM ON A YACHT, FOR INSTANCE, TO THE SHORE IN FRONT OF HIS COTTAGE, HE JUST DOES IT

THE HON GALAHAD, AT THE MOMENT OF LORD EMSWORTH'S ARRIVAL, HAD ACHIEVED A NIRVANA-LIKE REPOSE by PAUL COX

THE HON GALAHAD, AT THE MOMENT OF LORD EMSWORTH'S ARRIVAL, HAD ACHIEVED A NIRVANA-LIKE REPOSE

COMPOSEDLY SHE ALLOWED ONE PORTER TO OPEN THE DOOR OF AN EMPTY COMPARTMENT, THE OTHER TO PLACE THEREIN HER BAG, PAPERS, NOVELS, AND MAGAZINES by PAUL COX

COMPOSEDLY SHE ALLOWED ONE PORTER TO OPEN THE DOOR OF AN EMPTY COMPARTMENT, THE OTHER TO PLACE THEREIN HER BAG, PAPERS, NOVELS, AND MAGAZINES

RUMPOLE'S CHRISTMAS PARTY by PAUL COX

RUMPOLE'S CHRISTMAS PARTY

THE FLAMES LEAPT UP AND CRACKLED MERRILY by PAUL COX

THE FLAMES LEAPT UP AND CRACKLED MERRILY

STARING AT MOTHER WITH EMBARRASSING INTENSITY by PAUL COX

STARING AT MOTHER WITH EMBARRASSING INTENSITY