Trevor Green

Elected to the Society 1995

Trevor Green was born in Hull in 1937, and when he was two years old the family moved to West Yorkshire, where he later attended Tadcaster Grammar School. Having been accepted for higher education training in both drama and art, he opted for the latter and gained a degree in Industrial Design at Leeds College of Art, followed by a teaching diploma at Goldsmiths College, London University. After completing further postgraduate studies, Trevor began his teaching career in Headingley, Leeds, in 1960. Six years later he and his wife Margaret moved to Cumbria following his appointment as Head of Art at Overend School, Whitehaven. Trevor took a great interest in extra-mural activities as well as teaching. By the early 1970s he was successfully combining his full-time school career with other projects, producing graphic design work for a number of clients; researching, writing and presenting arts programmes with Border Television; producing cartoons and illustrative work for several local and national publications, as well as teaching Adult Education classes in both painting and pottery. Little time was left for painting, apart from the completion of occasional commissions.

In 1978 he moved from art teaching to Further Education, organising and promoting adult classes and a range of community activities at Ehenside Further Education Centre at Cleator Moor.

In 1980 Trevor was seconded by Cumbria Education Authority for two years to BBC Radio Cumbria where he produced and presented educational material including a weekly magazine programme called Across The Board. Trevor continued at Ehenside for five years, then returned to full-time teaching as Director of Art and Design at St Bees School. He left in 1991 in order to become a full-time painter, illustrator, cartoonist and caricaturist.

Trevor paints in watercolours and acrylics; having discovered in the 1960s that he was allergic to oil paint, he quickly adapted to acrylic, regarding it as a uniquely versatile medium, either used thinly like watercolour, or impasto, as with gouache or oils.

His subject matters vary – through landscape, seascape, figurative and architectural studies, he seeks to explore the visual effects of the seasons and the relationship between man and his environment. His drawings and illustrations continue to appear in a wide range of publications, and his paintings are to be found in private, corporative and civic collections both in the UK and abroad.


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