At 85 years old Trevor Coleman, has been a practicing artist for 60 years.
Trevor defines himself as an Aquarian – “not earth bound, an air sign” – he does things his own way, not confined by rules or herd mentality. He proudly shares that he left the Johannesburg Technical College of Art after 3 years of study, with no certificate as he decided to follow his own ideas, rather than the curriculum. From age 25, Trevor lived in London for 5 years, which he states was the “university of life”, spending his time at the Central School of Art, visiting galleries and meeting artists such as Henry Moore.
“An artist should be an explorer”, says Trevor, who applies this both figuratively in his creative process and literally through his travels around the globe. His styles vary from abstract to figurative and he is constantly focused on new ideas, new techniques and moving forward. Trevor has travelled extensively, visiting places such as India, Morocco, Zanzibar, Mali, Tunisia, Madagascar, and Seychelles. His creative process finds him immersed in the culture of the places he visits. Inspired by the art, music, and colour that he experiences, Trevor uses photographs to capture the essence of the moment, and then extracts different elements, using oils and acrylics to create his striking works of art as a form of self-expression.
Trevor never gave up being a full-time artist. “Art is a full-time experience in your life”, he says, “It is financially risky, but I couldn’t divert. Through art I express my feelings. It’s endless.” Over the years, Trevor’s artworks have been successfully sold at auctions and displayed in numerous exhibitions from South Africa to London.