Trevor Southey was born in Rhodesia, Africa (now Zimbabwe) in 1940. His
African heritage can be traced to European colonists who settled in Cape
Town, South Africa in the 17th century. In 1965, he emigrated to the
United States, retaining an abiding sense of his African and British
Southey's formal training includes two years at the Brighton College of
Art in Sussex, England; a year in Durban, South Africa; and two degrees
obtained from Brigham Young University (1967 and 1969). He taught at the
University through 1977 and has since pursued his career independently,
although he remains deeply interested in art education giving occasional
workshops particularly in drawing.
In 1967, Southey married Elaine Fish of Utah. Their mutual vision and
their four children became a vital and critical part of his life and
work. For 15 years until their separation and divorce, together they
evolved a personal sense of place and beauty in Alpine, Utah.
Environmental issues, especially relative to visual concerns such as
urban planning, continue to command considerable attention from him. At
it's most personal level this is reflected in his ever evolving garden
where he retreats for a few minutes several times each working day.
Up until his move to California, where he currently resides in the Bay
area, he had concentrated his professional experience in the Rocky
Mountain west. However, even then and since his move, his work has
commanded an increasing breadth and intensity of appeal.
Many major commissions in various parts of the country and Britain in
painting and sculpture have dominated his production in the last few
years, demonstrating the rapid growth of interest by an ever widening
group of collectors. Southey's work is included in numerous private
collections in the United States and throughout the world, ranging from
that of actress Brook Shields to Senator and Mrs.Orrin Hatch. His work
is also included in a wide variety of institutional and corporate
His media include drawing, printmaking, painting, stained glass, and
sculpture. He has been increasingly interested in writing and has
collaborated with K. Mitchell Snow of Washington D.C. in the production
of a major, lavishly illustrated volume about his work entitled Trevor