Jim Pavlidis has been at The Age as a press artist, designer and illustrator/cartoonist in two stints since 1987. His gap years of 1995–98 were spent at The Independent and the Daily Mail newspapers in London, and at the Paris Free Voice. He won a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award for best artwork in 2015.
As an artist, he has held 20 solo exhibitions and participated in over 70 group exhibitions in Australia and England. Career highlights include winning the Rick Amor Print Prize in 2015 and receiving a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship (2010) and a Churchill Fellowship (2015). In 2010, Macmillan Art published a collection of his portraits.