Welcome to the World of Philip Cox - Creator of Paper People


About Me

I was born in Nottingham in 1945. 
 
My interest in art began at an early age and as a child I spent my time drawing and modelling small figures. This experience later developed into a love for creating sculpture out of paper which is now my preferred medium. I find this natural material not only easy to manipulate but also an inexpensive alternative to traditional sculptural supplies.
 
I received no formal training as an artist but being a firm believer in "having a go" I exhibited at the Nottingham Midland Group Arts Centre in 1986. This pivotal exhibition launched my new career as a professional sculptor.
 
Since 1986 several major solo exhibitions of my paper figures and animals have toured the U.K. These collections include Paper People, People in Place, My Best Friend?, Strangely Familiar and a series of life-sized cardboard animals called Wildlife in Danger. During the early 1990's I contributed to several of the Recycled Art Exhibitions in Paris, France.    
 
I have been commissioned by international paper manufacturers to create artwork utilising their materials. In addition, I have produced window displays for the prestigious department store, Harvey Nichols, in London. My largest commission to date has been the creation of 60 figures for the Nottingham - based visitor attraction, The Tales of Robin Hood. I have appeared on numerous television programs with my work and a portion of my art belongs to permanent collections in museums and art galleries in the U. K. and is also owned by private collectors around the world. I have also taken on the role of "artist in residence" working with adults and children in a variety of educational settings.