About Paul Kidby

Paul Kidby – Illustrator

Self taught artist Paul Kidby was born in West London in 1964.  He left school at 17 and worked as a commercial artist before becoming a freelance illustrator in 1986.

He is best known for being the ‘artist of choice’ for the award-winning writer Sir Terry Pratchett, who passed away in 2015.  Paul has designed the ‘Discworld’ book jackets since 2002 and has illustrated many ‘Discworld’ publications including ‘The Art of Discworld’, best-selling ‘The Last Hero’ and the 2017 publication ‘Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Imaginarium’.

Kidby original artwork and limited edition bronzes are frequently exhibited in London, Paris and around the U.K.  He has a worldwide following of fans and collectors.

Today Paul balances his output between Pratchett projects and his own creative enterprises. He works from home in Dorset with his wife Vanessa.

Paul occasionally gives workshops and illustrated talks, please email to discuss.


Past Exhibitions:

Terry Pratchett – HisWorld, Salisbury Museum, The Close, Salisbury. September 2017-January 2018.

Discworld & Beyond, solo retrospective at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Nuneaton. July-September 2016.

Widdershins II – Pathways to the Faerie Realm. Green Hill Arts Centre, Moretonhampstead. June-August 2016.

Discworld & Beyond, solo retrospective at Wardown Park Museum, Luton. July-November 2015.

Salisbury Barons Trail: The Discworld Knight for The Trussell Trust. June-September 2015.

Discworld & Beyond, solo retrospective at Gosport Gallery, Gosport. March-May 2015.

Discworld & Beyond, solo retrospective at Borough Museum & Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme. January-March 2015.

Discworld & Beyond, solo retrospective. Willis Museum, Basingstoke. March-June 2014.

London Books About Town: Ookbench for The National Literacy Trust. July-September 2014.

Angels, Faeries & Femmes Fatales. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth. October 2013-March 2014.

Collier & Dobson, in association with Hampshire Life Magazine, Fordingbridge.  August-September 2013.

Widdershins: Moorland Mythic Arts. Green Hill Arts Centre, Moretonhampstead. June-August 2013.

Exposition Movieshow!, Galerie Daniel Maghen, Paris. July 2013.

LAPADA Art & Antiques, Berkeley Square, London.  September 2012 & 2013.

Discworld & Beyond, solo retrospective, St Barbe Museum, Lymington.  August-October 2012.

Fine Art & Antiques, Olympia, London.  June 2012.

Watercolour & Works on Paper, Science Museum, London.  February 2012.

The ARThouse Gallery, Bournemouth.  2011-2012.

Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford.  July 2010, 2011 & 2012.

London Elephant Parade: Eko for The Orangutan Foundation.  May-July 2010.

Exposition Féerie, Galerie Daniel Maghen, Paris. December-January 2009/2010.

The Wonder of Illustration, Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire.  April-July,2009.

The Art of Christmas, The Air Gallery, Dover Street, London.  December 2008.

Watercolour & Drawing Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London.  February 2007 & 2008.

Lapada Objects of Desire, The Royal Academy, London.  May 2007 & 2008.

The Illustrators, Chris Beetles Gallery, London.  December 2006.