Trevor Coleman, South African (1936 - )

Trevor Coleman was born in 1936 in Johannesburg. His works have been widely exhibited in South Africa and his paintings can be found in both private and corporate collections. Trevor Coleman visits a different country every year and spends time observing and absorbing the textures, shapes and colours around him and gains inspiration for his paintings. He has travelled to many countries in Asia and, Africa, to places like Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Zanzibar.

This exhibition is the result of a second visit to Madagascar (the first trip was to Nosy Be after which he held a very successful exhibition at the Karen McKerron Gallery in Bryanston). For this last trip he went to Majunga and Katsepy. Again he found a wealth of material for his paintings. He uses a palette knife with oils on canvas to express his ideas. Colours, of course, are his main inspiration and in Madagascar he was truly rewarded. Once the preparatory sketches were complete and sufficient photographs had been taken, he returned to reflect and recreate his experiences form these “visuals notes”.

The result is a collection of vivid, abstracted depictions of figures and shapes which capture the drama and rhythm of village life. He likes to explore the quality of the daily lives of the people themselves and translate that into the emotional fibre of colour. He captures the essence of images and atmosphere using combinations of pure, bold colour. Trevor’s Coleman artistic philosophy is based on a simple premise. His mind seizes upon a geographical location, determines which destination most aptly translates his most recent vision and then sets off on a journey of both literal and figurative proportions. The result : painterly creations that throb and glow life of their own. The search for the “different”, the “other”, has been the primary motivating force behind Johannesburg artist Trevor Coleman’s frequent voyages of discovery to some of the most exotic places on earth. Trevor Coleman is inspired by colour. Specifically the colours of Africa, its landscapes, its people and its art.

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