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Trevor Felcey, MA,RCA,b1945

I’m a painter who is entirely committed to painting the appearance of things, visually and emotionally, whether it be directly from the subject or from memory.

My practice is informed by an extensive knowledge of the history of art.

Particular influences, amongst others, have been, Cézanne, Courbet, Chardin, Soutine, Van Gogh, Bomberg, Uglow.

Felcey is prepared to spend his whole life struggling to capture the elusive nature of reality - and particularly how forms exist in space.

Andrew Lambirth, Art critic, author, poet, Landscape and Memory, Galerie Hofmann + Kyrath, catalogue, Berlin, 2001

Felcey is conscious of his lineage, working within the European tradition of painting - Cezanne and Courbet remain constant sources of inspiration - but the apparent readability of his hard-won images belie their lasting quality and the symbolic power of their vision.

Jenny Perry,- Art historian, author, critic, artist, Painters and Sculptors of the Southwest, Messum's, catalogue, London, 2003


1961-63 Grimsby School of Art, under Peter Todd ARCA

1963-66 Camberwell School of Art, taught by Robert Medley, Frank Auerbach, Euan Uglow

1966-69 Royal College of Art, under Professor Carel Weight, CBE


1968 Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (RCA)

1968 David Murray Scholarship (RCA)

1969 Andrew Lloyd Scholarship (RCA)

1992 The Lorne Award

Selected solo exhibitions

1976 Brunel University, London

1982 Ian Birkstead Gallery, London

1993 Concourse Gallery, Byam Shaw School of Art, London

1999 Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon

2001 Galerie Hofmann + Kyrath, Berlin*

2005 Royal Albert Museum, Exeter, Devon

2007 Brunel University, London

2012 Portraits of Martin, Green Hill Arts, Moretonhampstead, Devon *

* denotes accompanying catalogue

Selected group exhibitions

1971-99 Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions

1979 Battersea Arts Centre, London

1980 Chelsea and the Slade, Scottish Arts Council touring show*

1980 Opix Gallery, London

1980 National Portrait Gallery, London

1981 Ian Birkstead Gallery, London

1982 Hayward Annual 1982: British Drawing, Hayward Gallery London*

1983 Leicester Education Authority

1984 5 Painters, London College of Printing *

1984-85 A Singular Vision, Paintings of the Figure by Contemporary British Artists, Royal Albert Museum, Exeter, and tour*

1986-87 A Reputation Amongst Artists, Norwich School of Art Gallery, and tour*

1988 A Question of Measurement, Brunel University, London

1989 Face and Figure, English Painting, Falmouth Museum, Cornwall

1992 South West Open, Plymouth College of Art, Devon

1993 New Inhabitants, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter*

1996 Plymouth and Brest, Plymouth College of Art, Devon

1998 The Importance of Drawing, Canterbury Museum and Art Gallery *

1998-99 Steven Lacey Gallery, London

2003 Painters of the South West, Messum's St James, London*

2010 A Critics Choice, selected by Andrew Lambirth, Browse and Darby, London *

Chris Insoll and The new Gallery Portscatho, Cornwall has shown a continuous selection of current work since 1995.

* denotes accompanying catalogue


Chantry Bequest, London

Nuffield Foundation, London

Franklyn Memorial Collection, South Humberside

University of Liverpool

Selected publications

1987 A Reputation Amongst Artists, catalogue, Norwich School of Art Gallery

1993 New Inhabitants, catalogue, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

2001 Landscape and Memory, catalogue, Galerie Hofmann and Kyrath, Berlin

2003 Painters and Sculptors of the South West, catalogue, Messum's, London

2009 Nature's Instantaneous Text, monograph by Andrew Lambirth, Halstar

2010 A Critics Choice, Andrew Lambirth, Browse and Darby, London

2012 Portraits of Martin, catalogue by Peter Stiles, Green Hill Arts, Devon

2017 Trevor Felcey, Paintings in the James Carr Collection St Ives Publishing.


1970-80 Part-time teaching posts at:
Chelsea School of Art, London
Brunel University, London
Wimbledon School of Art, London
Byam Shaw School of Art, London

1987-91 Head of Foundation Studies, Byam Shaw School of Art, London

1991 Received Lorne Award, enabling me to give up teaching for one year to concentrate on painting

1992 Appointed Head of Studies, Byam Shaw School of Art, London

1993 Resigned from teaching to concentrate on painting

2000 Invited Visiting Professor at the New York Studio School, New York