"Paul Trevillion is football’s finest artist” Gordon Taylor, PFA
Paul Trevillion is a globally acclaimed sports artist, author, inventor and motivator whose career spans over 60 years. Born in 1934 in London, just a corner kick away from his beloved Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Trevillion’s extraordinary artistic talent was discovered and nurtured at a very young age. Encouraged by family, school teachers, and most notably Sir Winston Churchill and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, he pursued a ground breaking career in the world of sporting art which has seen his original work published in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and South Africa.
In 1952, he received a letter from HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh praising him for his artwork – the letter appeared in the national press and launched Trevillion’s sporting career in the ‘Sporting Record’ with drawings of the England and Australian cricketers for the 1953 Coronation Ashes. In 1955, Paul was honoured with a meeting with Sir Winston Churchill. Over coffee the former Prime Minister’s inspiring advice ended when he personally signed the portrait Trevillion had painted. This is the only signed portrait of Sir Winston Churchill in existence, which today hangs in the National Football Museum.
Trevillion’s breakthrough into the national press came in the Sunday People in 1957 with a series he devised and illustrated called ‘Hey Ref!’. It moved to Shoot Magazine and was renamed ‘YOU ARE THE REF’ a feature which nearly sixty years later is still as popular today. In the early 1960’s Trevillion would defy the ‘comic-look’ demands of the Roy of the Rovers editors and create his hugely successful ‘Comic Art Realism’ style which brought Roy Race to life. Thanks to Trevillion, Roy Race – the superstar football hero – a man who never lived, would never die!
From the 1960’s onwards Trevillion’s dynamic art featured in almost every national newspaper in the UK. Acknowledged as the best black and white artist in the business, ‘THE LEONARDO OF LINE’ he devised and illustrated instructional based art for the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Observer.
In the USA Trevillion has worked with the stars of the NFL, MLB, NBA and Nascar, alongside corporate brands as Hershey, Budweiser, Adidas and Umbro USA. The Trevillion illustrated ‘Gary Player Golf strip’ was syndicated in 1,500 newspapers worldwide.
Trevillion’s fine art is highly collectable with major exhibitions in Central London (Strand Gallery) Manchester (National Football Museum), with commissions from the F.A. and PFA.
Trevillion’s art is recognised for its ability to bring a subject to life, to take a static image and create a moving figure hence the title of “The Master of Movement”
For more on Trevillion visit: www.paultrevillion.com