That expansive quality has been a core facet of Cox’s popularity. Though he often works with traditional canvases and prints, Cox is perhaps best known for his immersive, large-scale drawings on everything from walls and clothes to cars, appliances, pianos, and more. The meditative nature of Cox’s process is as much a part of his work’s appeal as the final product—the artist often crafts his compositions for live audiences. Time-lapse videos of Cox at work dressed in doodled suits of his own design have received hundreds of thousands of views on his Instagram page.
It’s not hard to see why: There is something zen-like in watching the artist doodle, a pleasing sort of visual ASMR that comes from seeing one line become many, continuing its path until it is suddenly a mass of blocky faces and bubbly smiles. And it’s not just social media scrollers that have reacted positively to these works. In 2020, Cox was the fifth-most-expensive artist under the age of 40 on the secondary market, with his 2019 work Spring fetching just over $1 million at an auction in Tokyo. So far in 2021, Cox is among the top 10 living artists whose works appeared most frequently at auction. Compared to 2020, his volume of artworks at auction has increased over 60 percent.