Paul Huxley (born 1938) studied at Harrow School of Art from 1951 until 1956 when, at the age of seventeen, he was admitted to the Royal Academy Schools from which he graduated in 1960. In 1964 Bryan Robertson selected him for ‘The New Generation’ at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the exhibition which first introduced emerging artists of the sixties to a wider public. Works in this show from Huxley’s ‘fluid series’ of paintings became highly influential within the genre of new abstract painting at the time and won him first prize in the Stuyvesant Travel Awards. The award took him to the USA where he met many of the leading American artists of the period such as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, often visiting their studios and in some cases forming lasting friendships.
Over the last four decades Huxley's work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in Britain and internationally. Huxley has also taught in art schools throughout his career and has contributed to policy in the academic and curatorial fields. He was a member of the advisory panels for the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Serpentine Gallery, a Trustee of the Tate Gallery, acting for a period as chairman of its Exhibitions Committee, and chairman of the Art & Design Research Exercise for the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
He was Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art from 1986 until 1998, when he was elected Honorary Fellow and Professor Emeritus. His students have included Dinos Chapman, Nigel Cook, Dexter Dalwood, Andrew Grassie, Tracey Emin, Chantal Joffe and Chris Ofili.