The Art of Roy Cross

Roy Cross
Roy Cross RSMA GAvA began work as an illustrator in Fairey Aviation during World War II. Over the next thirty years, he progressed from line illustration, via colour artwork, to top-class advertising art for the aircraft industry and other companies, including Airfix, for whom he produced many hundreds of artworks to adorn model kit boxes over a ten-year period. His illustrations for Airfix included superb depictions of aircraft, cars, ships, spacecraft, armoured vehicles and dioramas. Though Roy is perhaps most famous for his Airfix box art, his work has encompassed book and magazine illustrations, including highly detailed cutaways and other technical drawings. In more recent years, Roy has concentrated on the production of his magnificent maritime paintings.
The Art of Roy Cross by Roy Cross
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About the author

Roy Cross was born in Southwark and began work as an illustrator during World War II. Over the next thirty years he produced line illustration, colour artwork and top-class advertising art for the aircraft industry and other companies, including Airfix, for whom he supplied artwork for ten years. In 1974 Roy set out on his own, following a love for ships and the sea, and began to paint magnificent oil paintings of sailing ships, for which he has found a steady market since then. He still paints and his glorious paintings can be found in art galleries and in private collections worldwide.

Press Reviews

" Although Roy's marine art is very highly regarded, he will, of course, always be remembered for his Airfix art. He certainly picked a winner with Airfix, because 55 years after he went there, the company is still going strong and demand for his artwork has never been higher. "

- Constant Scale - Journal of the Airfix Collectors' Club

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