Trevor Vickers

Trevor Vickers is one of the most highly regarded artists currently working in Western Australia. His five-decade career spans the seminal 1968 exhibition 'The Field' at the National Gallery of Victoria; active participation in Melbourne’s avant-garde art scene in the 1960s and 70s; practice development in France and England in the 1980s and 90s; and the foundation of artist-run-initiative Art Collective WA in 2013. The monograph Trevor Vickers: Untitled Painting was published in 2016.

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Trevor Vickers, Untitled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 135 x 185cm
Trevor Vickers, Untitled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 135 x 185cm | Trevor Vickers

Trevor Vickers is one of the most highly regarded artists currently working in Western Australia. With a career spanning over 50 years, Trevor was born in Adelaide in 1943, moved to Perth aged four months and took up employment as a telecommunications technician in Melbourne in 1959. He began painting in the early 1960s after an introduction by conceptual artist Mel Ramsden to the new movements in abstraction happening in New York.

In 1965 Trevor held his first solo show at Sweeney Reed's Strines Gallery in Melbourne which was heralded as containing the first traces of minimal art in Australian painting and in 1968 in the groundbreaking yet controversial The Field at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Trevor lived and worked in Drummond Street with Guy Stuart, Robert Hunter, Paul Partos and Mike Brown and exhibited at Pinacotheca Gallery in Melbourne alongside Australia's best known conceptual and post-object artists. From the late 1970s to the mid-90s, Trevor lived in Brighton, England, producing his Catalan Series of shaped paintings and the Farm Road Series of screenprints. In 1995, Trevor returned to Perth where he continues to explore hard-edge, minimal, geometric abstraction in his paintings.

Trevor’s works are held by all the major art galleries and museums nationally including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and numerous corporate collections such as Wesfarmers and Bankwest.

In 2016, Art Collective WA published the monograph 'Trevor Vickers: Untitled Painting', a comprehensive account of this important artist's five decade career.