Born in London in 1938, Tony Meeuwissen had no formal art training but served a five-year apprenticeship at Hampstead studio, a subsidiary of the Rank Organization. He worked as a designer and art director with several London advertising agencies and design groups. In 1968, Meeuwissen began working fulltime as a freelance artist, accepting commissions from The Sunday Times, Penguin Books, The Radio Times and various record companies.
Working as an illustrator since the 1960s, Tony Meeuwissen remains the only illustrator to win the prestigious Gold D&AD award, which he has won twice. On the second occasion, Meeuwissen was given the award was for his playing card set, 'The Key of the Kingdom', which he began in the 1980s.
This epic project was inspired by traditional, so-called 'transformation' decks of cards. In these sets, each card would be transformed into an image, and Meeuwissen spent three years working on his own visually playful illustrations in order to produce this celebrated deck.