PAUL TREVILLION was born in London in 1934, a boy from the 'Blitz'!
Described as the "Pele of Sports Artists", a visionary,
known for his distinctive 'Master of Movement' pen & ink artwork capturing the legends
in sport since the early days of the 1950's - Sugar Ray Robinson & Randolph Turpin...the
England and Australian Coronation Ashes
teams... and his football heroes a corner kick from his terraced house in Love Lane,
Not to mention an inspirational meeting at Mansion House in 1952 with the Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Philip
and in 1955 Trevillion met Sir Winston Churchill who signed his portrait
the only signed smiling portrait of Churchill that exists today.
In 1972 Paul Trevillion 'The Beaver', won the confidence of Don Revie and the Leeds United team and in the matter of weeks, REVOLUTIONISED football, making Leeds United the FIRST MODERN DAY FOOTBALL CLUB. Trevillion created sock tags and target balls, introduced pre-match synchronised warm ups, players names on the back of tracksuits, and most notably was the man who instigated the creation of the iconic Leeds United anthem 'Leeds, Leeds Leeds'
In the late 1980's Trevillion created DJ Bear the Panda of Peace, a larger than life mascot character who visited the football league grounds with the aim of combating football hooliganism, with fun and laughter, freebies and family entertainment. Such was his success, D J BEAR became the Football League's Official Mascot and inspired football league clubs to introduce their own club mascots.
In 2017 Trevillion was commissioned by Snickers to work alongside football legend PELE in a European Snickers campaign ‘Play Like Pele’, creating original artwork of Pele in action, and also appearing together in a TV advert featuring Trevillion art animated around the magnificent stadium.
All this and so much more over the years....
CREATOR of the iconic 'YOU ARE THE REF' (and later 'YOU ARE THE UMPIRE')
legendary Roy of the Rovers artist who brought 'Comic Art Realism' to Tiger in 1963,
later in the 60's illustrating the record breaking newspaper syndication 'GARY PLAYER GOLF CLASS',
inventor of golf's Split Hand 'PENCIL GRIP' putting method touring America in the 1970's - and widely known then as the 'Putter Nutter' - ,
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
In the 1990's Trevillion worked extensively in the USA creating artworks of the stars of the NBA, NFL, MLB, NASCAR
and WCW Wrestling. He also worked alongside veteran Disney senior animator MILT NEIL (Snow White, Pinocchio,
Dumbo, Bambi) who told him that it took 20 drawings to produce the movement that Trevillion captures in one!
Trevillion's love of sport has driven his artistic career 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. Over many World Cups, Trevillion has worked on commercial projects for Umbro, Adidas, Budweiser, Hershey, Fuji etc.
In 2010 Trevillion was commissioned by the PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS ASSOCIATION, in conjunction with the Football
Association, to bring to life a mental health booklet 'THE FOOTBALLERS' GUIDEBOOK' distributed to every footballer who plays
professional football. A groundbreaking concept, using Trevillion's 'comic art realism' artistic work to sensitively discuss mental
health issues affecting professional footballers.
In 2014 the FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION commissioned Trevillion to create original 'moving art' 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.
Following his highly successful 'Master of Movement Art Exhibition' at the Strand Gallery, London in 2014, Paul Trevillion co-founded
the "Football Walk of Fame" which launched in 2016 at the National Football Museum in Manchester. 25 bronze plaques with
Trevillion art images of footballing legends embedded in a permanent display outside the museum. The launch also coincided with a
one year exhibition of Trevillion sporting art.
Trevillion has been happy to donate original artwork and prints for many worthy charitable causes including the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, Cancer Research, Bobby Moore Cancer Fund, The Duke Of Wellington Regiment, National Football Museum etc.
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."