Trevor Newton was born in Lancashire, England in 1959. He studied History of Art at Cambridge University and later became the first full-time teacher of the subject at Eton College. "From about the age of seven or eight I have been fascinated by architecture and by drawing in equal measure, and have always felt a need to record what I see on paper. Whenever I am travelling,... I have the means of making a sketch on me in the form of a small pad and pen, and when something grabs my attention, out they come. A few lines often suffice to capture what I want and later I transfer these to a larger sheet of paper and begin to add the colour and mood which I feel will most enhance the subject. I like to ‘reconstitute’ my impressions and memories of a building on paper, combining the few bare bones of lines sketched on the spot with a lot of imagination and emotion added in the studio." His main interest is in the physical act of drawing and he chooses his subjects accordingly. A preference for bold gestures and for conveying powerful contrasts of light and movement draw him to the architecture of the Baroque. He likes the tops of buildings: statues on parapets; towers; pinnacles - very Freudian, no doubt, or possibly a result of having been brought up in Liverpool with its imposing, lofty palaces of commerce and its gargantuan cathedrals. When he was a teenager, his family lived in a large, Charles Addams type, 19th century merchant’s house; Gothic gateway, tower, steeply pitched roofs, bristling ironwork, carved touches of Pugin and Ruskin. It had a great and abiding effect on him
Newton recently returned to his home-town of Liverpool.
His work has been commissioned, exhibited and sold by Christie’s where one of the drawings was used for the cover of the catalogue and the entire collection was later exhibited by the auctioneers at a special evening reception. The drawings then formed part of the ensuing sale. All were sold. Trevor Newton was the first artist to have his work commissioned and used in this manner by Christie’s. He has been published by the Oxford University Press and has appeared in publications as diverse as Country Life, Harpers & Queen, The Independent on Sunday, The Literary Review and The Bookplate Collector’s Quarterly.