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.