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.
Trevillion's natural gift in taking the medium of pen and ink to its limitations and beyond, has been best described by author and highly respected art historian Susie Hodge MA FRSA, "Paul adds washes of vibrant colour. Nothing is laboured or overworked.....not a static photographic rendition, but a free fluid image that not only captures movements, form and mannerisms, but spirit and power....Paul Trevillion is the Pele of Sporting Art."
As a schoolboy Trevillion was driven to achieve his dream of becoming a professional artist, so he approached the editors of the highly popular comic publications ‘Eagle’ , ‘Tiger’ and ‘Roy of the Rovers’ . His talent was recognised, and commissions to create art features and comic strips quickly followed.
In 1952 , Trevillion 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, Trevillion was honoured with a meeting with Sir Winston Churchill. Over coffee Sir Winston Churchill's inspiring advice ended when Sir Winston Churchill personally signed the portrait Trevillion had painted. This painting is the only signed original portrait of Sir Winston Churchill in existence.
Trevillion’s break through into the national press, came in the Sunday People in 1957 with a series devised and illustrated by Trevillion called ‘Hey Ref!’ which later Trevillion renamed ‘YOU ARE THE REF’... a feature which, nearly sixty years later, now appears as a weekly feature in the Sunday Observer and Guardian Online.
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. Suddenly Roy changed from a comic character to a real life superstar football hero.
From the 1960’s onwards, Trevillion’s dynamic art featured in almost every national newspaper in the UK. Acknowledged as 'The best black & white artist in the business', Trevillion devised and illustrated instructional based art for the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, The Sun, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Observer.
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 information on the celebrated artist described as “The Leonardo of Line Drawing…” (The One Show, 22nd August 2013) – just Google PAUL TREVILLION…and be amazed. There is so much more to Paul Trevillion - a real life Walter Mitty - who has spent his whole life holding a pen in his hand, with an unshakable belief that everything is possible.
Trevillion's motto to young aspiring artists: "Follow your dream. Never allow anyone to say - you can't achieve it. You have to be the one who believes in YOU more than anyone else."
Trevillion is the artist and author of over 20 books that have sold worldwide, including the Peter Alliss instructional book, ‘Easier Golf’ which was reprinted 10 times in a 20 year period. He also illustrated the world famous ‘Gary Player Golf Class’ which appeared in over 1,500 newspapers worldwide and became the largest syndicated sports feature in the world.
His ‘YOU ARE THE REF 2010 edition’ hardback book, (published by Guardian books), reached No.7 in the Amazon Football Bestsellers list for 2011.
In the 1990's Trevillion worked alongside veteran Disney senior animator MILT NEIL (Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi). Milt told him that it took 20 drawings to produce the movement that Trevillion captures in one.
For the World Cup 1994 Trevillion was commissioned by Umbro, Budweiser, Hershey and Fuji to capture in vivid colour with moving art many of the football legends taking part . Trevillion was particularly honoured, when a special commission was received from Umbro to depict the greatest footballer to ever play the game – PELE.
Trevillion's love of sport has driven his artistic career . He has received many art commissions from around the world for all major sports from Boxing to Football, NFL to Golf. He has worked with sporting stars such as - Gary Player, Peter Alliss, Lee Trevino, Sugar Ray Robinson, Oscar De La Hoya, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, George Best, Pele and so the list goes on.
In 2010 Trevillion was commissioned by the Professional Footballers' Association, in conjunction with the Football Association, to bring to life 'The Footballers' Guidebook' - a 36 page mental health booklet distributed to every footballer who plays professional football. 'The Footballers' Guidebook' concept is groundbreaking, using Trevillion's 'comic art realism' artistic work to sensitively discuss mental health issues affecting professional footballers. A revised and updated version is in progress for 2015/16.
Trevillion’s cult classic football strip ‘YOU ARE THE REF’ (which since 2006 has appeared every week in the Observer and Guardian online) became a permanent interactive exhibit at the ‘National Football Museum’ in Manchester in 2012.
YOU ARE THE REF, A GUIDE TO GOOD REFEREEING was published in the UK and USA by Harry Potter publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing in 2013, and following the huge success of the first two YOU ARE THE REF Guardian books, a third annual was published in time for World Cup 2014.
In 2014 the Football Association commissioned Trevillion to produce original 'moving art' drawings for a series of 'See It. Hear It. Report It" animation films to help report discrimination,The animated films were designed to help eradicate discrimination from professional and grassroots football, and includes the 'Kick It Out' app. An official FA 'Reporting Discrimination' guide including Trevillion 'moving' artwork in still frame form, can be viewed on the FA website.
Following his highly successful 'Master of Movement Art Exhibition' at the Strand Gallery, London in 2014, Paul Trevillion will be exhibiting his original art for 12 weeks at the National Football Museum, Manchester in the summer of 2016 coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the 1966 World Cup Final Victory and the launch of the National Football Museum's ‘FOOTBALL WALK OF FAME’. (see 'Home' page for details)
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