“You are the Ref” and Roy of the Rovers comic artist Paul Trevillion’s latest exhibition opens tonight

Paul Trevillion - Self Portrait
Paul Trevillion – Self Portrait

You Are the Ref and Roy of the Rovers comic artist and illustrator Paul Trevillion‘s latest exhibition opens tonight at the recently-opened Black Gallery in Tring, Hertfordshire.

Paul himself will be at tonight’s private view of the new exhibition, which runs until at least the end of January, and free tickets are still available.

Paul Trevillion – described as the “Leonardo of line” – is a globally acclaimed sports artist, author, inventor and motivator whose career spans over 60 years. He’s perhaps best known for his strip “You are the Ref” (and sister strip “You are the Umpire”) and has worked in sports illustration for 60 years. Paul also drew for Eagle, TV21, Tiger and Roy of the Rovers and is well known for known for his portraits of sports personalities, from Pele to Tendulkar.

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.

The opening page of a "Roy of the Rovers" strip drawn by Paul Trevillion for the 1965 Tiger Annual
The opening page of a “Roy of the Rovers” strip drawn by Paul Trevillion for the 1965 Tiger Annual
Two classic examples of "You are the Ref" by Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion
Two classic examples of “You are the Ref” by Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion

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.

In 2012, “You are the Ref” became a permanent interactive exhibit at the National Football Museum in Manchester and in 2013 Paul received a major commission by the Football Association to turn his moving art into animated films focusing on discrimination in football.

Following the highly successful Master of Movement Exhibition at London’s Strand Gallery in 2014, Paul as installed as the Artist in Residence at the National Football Museum in 2016, to coincide with a Trevillion Art Exhibition and the launch of the world’s first “Football Walk of Fame”.

His motto to young aspiring artists is “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.”

A quirky "You are the Ref" Christmas Special by Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion, published by The Guardian back in 2014
A quirky Doctor Who-inspired  “You are the Ref” Christmas Special by Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion, published by The Guardian back in 2014

The Black Gallery will showcase contemporary and traditional art and photography for collectors and is planning numerous events, workshops, life drawing, portfolio reviews, talks and networking evenings.

Other artists and photographers whose work features at the Gallery are artists Alan Kidd and Sally Fisher and Fine Art International Photographers Vanessa Champion, Adriaan van Heerden and David Newton, who will also be at the opening night.

If you’re in the Tring area tonight then tickets are still available here – but you’ll have to be quick!

Paul Trevillion - Black Gallery Exhibition Poster 2017

• Paul’s exhibition will run until at least until end of January 2018. The Black Gallery is at Unit 44, The Old Silk Mill, Brook Street, Tring, Hertfordshire | Web www.theblackgallerytring.com | Facebook

Web Links

• Paul Trevillion – Official Site

You are the Ref – Official Web Site

There’s an online archive of the You are the Ref strips published by The Guardian here

With thanks to Richard Sheaf for the heads up (or is that header up?)

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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