Trevor Southey was born in Rhodesia, Africa (now Zimbabwe) in 1940 and died in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 20, 2015. 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 origins.
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. He then pursued his career independently, remaining 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, they evolved a personal sense of place and beauty in Alpine, Utah.
Environmental issues, especially relative to visual concerns such as urban planning, commanded considerable attention from him. At it's most personal level this is reflected in his garden where he often retreated for a few minutes several times each working day.
Up until his move to California, he had concentrated his professional experience in the Rocky Mountain west. Many major commissions in various parts of the country and Britain in painting and sculpture dominated his production in the 90s/2000s, 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 collections.
His media include drawing, printmaking, painting, stained glass, and sculpture. He has collaborated with K. Mitchell Snow of Washington D.C. in the production of a major, lavishly illustrated volume about his work entitled Trevor Southey: Reconciliation.
bio courtesy of the artist's website