Coudrille was trained as a painter, but started his career as a political satirist, song writer and performer.

His paintings have strong associations with Surrealism as he studied with John Tunnard and the late Conroy Maddox was a personal friend. Although early works are often signed J.X.Coudrille or JXC, they are usually identified via the artist’s monogram. At the age of 18 he sold a painting to the Bank of Nova Scotia, and bought a classic Rolls Royce with the proceeds. His first solo exhibition was at the inaugural Harrogate Festival, and he has exhibited at the Royal Academy and the South West Academy. He is also a member of the Stuckists. In 2004, his work was included in The Stuckists Punk Victorian show at the Walker Art Gallery during the Liverpool Biennial.

Coudrille’s books include the remarkable Psychographic Alphabet book: “A Beastly Collection” published by Frederick Warne in 1974. This extraordinary book was widely praised by critics. Indeed, it could be said to be the first truly Surreal children’s book. Copies are now much sought after as collector’s items. It was, and still is, a work of genius – a tour de force.

“A Beastly Collection” was soon followed by a number of colourful and enthusiastically received children’s books for the innovative G. Whizzard imprint, including the best selling “Farmer Fisher” (G.Whizzard, imprint of Andre Deutsch). This was the first picture book on the British market to incorporate a record. Coudrille wrote, produced, sang and played most of the instruments on this record and was chosen as 1976 Children’s Book Of The Year. Farmer Fisher has been republished in 2010 by Footsteps Press.  The poetry collection “Love Death and, Bad behaviour” was also published by Footsteps Press in 2014.

His compositions include themes for the first Get This series (Southern Television 1970s), and the Caballetta Suite for Spanish guitar, premiered in the 1980s in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra at London’s Festival Hall. His arrangement of Francisco Tárrega’s “Recuerdos del Alhambra” was for many years the title track for Jack Hargreaves’ “Out of Town”.  He now writes for and performs with the jazz-orientated Cornish semi-acoustic band Gwelhellin Goth (The Gentleman’s Luncheon Club), the Duo “Fretted Bliss” and was half of the Russian folk-music duo Muzika Muzikantov.

His father, Francis Coudrill (1913–1989) was an enthusiast for the skills of the Wild West, was a crack shot and could spin and throw a rope with great accuracy. He was also a painter but is best known as the creator of the television puppet and cartoon character Hank the Cowboy, featured along with Muffin the Mule and Humphrey Lestoq on the early children’s television magazine programme ‘Whirligig’. The discrepancy over surname spelling is said to be due to the theatrical union Equity requiring differentiation between the two members. “Coudrille” is a reversion to the earlier Norman spelling.
Coudrille is an honorary member of The Arts Club,  a member of The Chelsea Arts Club, an Academician  of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts of which he is a past trustee, a member of the Society of Authors and was the Arts Correspondent for Cornwall World Radio. His interests are the Garden Labyrinth at his cliff-top studio, mid-century French guitars and classic sports cars, cookery, wildlife, religion and knife throwing. He lives in Cornwall.

(Taken from Wikipedia.)