2017: Exhibition and charity auction / Hand-painted unique ArtTable / Joint exhibition at London Illustration Fair / Unique paddle commission for a collector.
Sam Cox, also known as Mr Doodle, was born in Kent, England in 1994. Starting his artistic career at the age of nine, he scribbled over any object he could get his hands on and covered his bedroom with paper doodles. Mr Doodle rocketed to international success thanks to his lively interlocking designs, which he calls “graffiti spaghetti.” His improvisational creations invade not only canvases but furniture, books, subways, clothing and beyond, building an ever-expanding universe where nothing is taken too seriously.
His work debuted on the secondary market in March 2020 with an auction of his artworks in Hong Kong. One of the pieces was an ArtPaddle, which he did for one of our exhibitions way back in 2017. We don’t remember who bought this original artwork but we were excited to see it sold for HK$88,200! By August of that year, his painting Spring (2019) had sold for nearly $1 million at auction. Cox has embraced the theatrical performance of his Mr Doodle persona, wearing his hand-drawn clothing for public appearances and establishing an extended mythos for the character.