Nigel Cox grew up on the edge of Dundalk, a small market town in Ireland.
From an early age he drew cartoons and superheroes from his comics and had a great love for drawing throughout his school years.
Nigel chose to go to college in England. Partly because it seemed somehow more exciting and adventurous than studying at home. After graduating from Riversdale College in Liverpool he joined the Transglobe Expedition, led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. This three-year expedition successfully achieved the first circumnavigation of the globe on land, sea and ice via North and South poles along the Greenwich Meridian and changed his life forever.
During the expedition he was at sea, on an ice cap or in some remote location for weeks or months on end. Spending large amounts of time alone, surrounded by the staggering beauty of vast and often barren spaces had a profound affect and the essence of this experience strongly influenced his painting. During the expedition Nigel sketched and worked in watercolour, illustrating places of interest in his diary.
For a number of years after the expedition Nigel lived in Germany, painting watercolours and oils, exhibiting and undertaking private commissions.
He also travelled extensively throughout Europe, spending time in Holland, Spain and Portugal before finally settling in London in 1989. There his work took on a new dimension, incorporating digital illustration.
In 2003 Nigel returned to his most loved medium, oil on canvas and has been exhibiting his photorealistic oil paintings in the UK and Internationally since.