Paul Cox was born in London on 31 July 1957, and was educated at Port Regis and Stanbridge Earls School. He studied illustration at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art. 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).
The witty draughtsmanship of Paul Cox has enhanced the charm of such humorous classics as Somerville and Ross’s Experiences of an Irish RM (1984), P G Wodehouse’s Leave it to Psmith (1989), J K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat (1989) , Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1993), eleven volumes of Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster series of novels and five of the Blandings novels for The Folio Society.
Paul Cox’s other commissions have also included stamp designs for Royal Mail, set designs for the 50th anniversary production of the musical Salad Days and a mural for a lecture theatre at the Royal College of Surgeons. He has recently completed fifteen very large watercolours for the St Charles Hospital in West London, and is currently working on a children’s book, The Elevator Man, for the American publisher, Erdmon Press, and a book of comic wine stories ‘Absolute Corkers’ for Constable.
The Chris Beetles Gallery has mounted exhibitions of his work in 1989 and 1993, and held a 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 exhibitions at the Durrell Wildlife Foundation in Jersey and the Chris Beetles Gallery in November 2006. A large retrospective exhibition will be held at the Chris Beetles Gallery in 2012.