David COX

David COX

Falmouth-born Cox never attended art school and trained as engineer.  Unfit for active service during WWII due to a perforated ulcer, he started painting seriously c1942 whilst at Taunton. (Buckman, however, says that he studied art in London, France and Italy.)

He moved to Cubert near Newquay in 1944 and exhibited in St Ives in 1946 at Show Day in Borlase SMART's studio (an admirer of his work).  The Times (March 1946) noted that his landscapes were characterized by "a certain grey misty effect that never obscures his object but gives [them] an atmosphere all his own" 

Cox moved to St Ives in 1947, and took over Smart's Porthmeor studio after Smart's death, sharing it with Leonard RICHMOND; Bernard Fleetwood WALKER also used the studio occasionally.

Cox developed a more Impressionistic style focused on young semi-nude girls and portraits.  As Secretary of STISA he organized the Touring Exhibition (which attracted 1,900 visitors) and the Full Touring Show in 1947, which  took in Newquay, Fowey, Falmouth and Truro. He left St Ives in 1950 to move to Essex where he ran his own art school for several decades.



works and access

Works include: Pilot in Newquay (1946); The Black Slip; The Green Peignoir

Access to works: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol



STISA 1946 (Newquay), 1947 Touring Show

Leicester Galleries

Leger Gallery

Marlborough Gallery and widely abroad


STISA 1946-49, 1948-49 (Secretary)

Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall (Founder member), Hon Secretary 1949-50

misc further info



Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History;

Whybrow (2013) St Ives: The Story of Porthmeor Studios