About Trevor Purvis


Trevor is an artist who believes that the Australian countryside is a never ending source of creative inspiration. He travels the enormous extremes of deserts and beaches searching for those moments of wonderment. The subtle variations of colour and topography are always very different to anywhere else in the world and well worth the observation and exploration.

Trevor completed his Graphic Art degree at the Natal College of Art in South Africa. This started a thirty year advertising career which took him to senior CD positions in Johannesburg, Salisbury, London, Frankfurt, Sydney, Adelaide, Bangkok, New York, Tokyo, Melbourne, Abu Dhabi and most recently Moscow. His many international awards include the most prestigious Gold Lion at the Cannes Advertising Festival.

He really discovered outback Australia after leaving advertising and attending the National Art School in Sydney, this in turn led he and his wife Beryl on a two year off-road Australian odyssey which culminated in a successful solo exhibition at the Atwell Gallery in Perth.

He now paints part time at his studio in Cooroy surrounded by the verdant Noosa Hinterland. He attends a weekly life drawing group in Tewantin and draws and paints figures with all the passion and energy that he pours into his landscapes. He believes that there is a fine line of intimacy between painting figures and rolling landscapes.


Exhibitions     Atwell Gallery, Perth, April 2004 (solo)

                   McCann Erickson, Melbourne, June 2006 (solo)

                   The Artistry Gallery, Melbourne, 2006-2007 

                   Noosa National Art Prize - finalist

                   Tweed regional gallery-artist in residence 2016

                   Butter factory Arts Centre 2016 

                   Butter factory Arts Centre  2017