Trevor Goodwin was brought up on Langley
Estate in Middleton in the mid-sixties, quite a tough area according
to Trevor. Of his education he says:
The only subject I liked at
high school was art, which was only spoilt by the art teacher
who called everybody “Rover”! Political correctness
had not been invented yet.”
Trevor’s first ever painting was of a Border
Collie which he made for his grandmother when he was just twelve
years old, but as Trevor says:
“Looking back, it wasnt
that great, but I was hooked I just loved the whole process.
Can one get addicted to pure turpentine and linseed oil?”
It was then that he decided that he wanted
to be a commercial artist when he left school. However, that
was quickly ‘undecided’, when a fitter who worked with his father
commented that he will never make an artist ‘cos hes
Is there such a thing as left-handsiam?
The qualifications he didnt manage
to achieve at school were made up for by his pure enthusiasm
for his unadulterated love of art.
Although he has sold many paintings Trev
still gets emotional when a total stranger likes his work enough
to pay their hard earned money for a painting. “I
consider it a great honour ,says Trev.
Trevor’s son Simon says of his father:
“He is quite bohemian and off
the wall; he wears a floppy hat, rides a motorbike, has a
parrot called Clapton and paints his toenails black (for no
other reason than he can do).
His work is very individual the black background produces
an almost chiaroscuro effect. He is self-taught has shown
and sold his work in galleries, through music shops, has appeared
in local newspapers and just recently was asked to appear
on BBC radio Manchester”.
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artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
or based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
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