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"Art is an intangible subject. You can't go to a book and find on page 95 how to do abstract art."
After completing apprenticeships in commercial art studios, George Trivellini became a staff artist at Ketterlinus Lithographic Corporation in Philadelphia, where he met Andrew Wyeth, whose father painted calendars for the firm. He then served as Art Director of Graphic Design, designing posters for the war effort in the Office of War Information in Washington D.C. He established his own graphic design company in New York, where he worked on corporate projects.
Trevillini is known for his non-objective paintings and sculptures. Since he thought that the camera supplanted realism in painting, he believed an artist should paint what he feels and that translating emotions into images should be the artist's main concern. Although he never stopped painting, he concentrated on sculpting with metal for over 25 years. His large steel sculpture can be found in corporate and private collections in the United States and Europe. Empire, a stainless steel sculpture relief, is in the permanent collection at the Michener Art Museum.
George Trivellini. Photograph by Jack Rosen. The Jack Rosen Collection. James A. Michener Art Museum.
Education and Training
George Trivellini apprenticed in commercial art studios, studied at Pratt College in New York, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Charles Morris Price School.
Teachers and Influences
He worked with Atelielier and Jacques Desjobert in Paris, France.
Connection to Bucks County
Trivellini moved to Pineville, Bucks County from Philadelphia around 1949. He wished to be within commuting distance of Manhattan, where he eventually opened his own design studio. After retiring from a successful career in graphic design, he painted and sculpted in steel in two separate studios at his Pineville home.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Trivellini was a friend of woodworker George Nakashima and sculptor Robert Rosenwald.
Major Solo Exhibitions
Crest Art Gallery, Yardley Pennsylvania, 1974
Major Group Exhibitions
Free Library of New Hope and Solebury, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1979
Third Annual Sculpture Show of Bucks County Sculptors, The Rodman House, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1980
Hicks Art Gallery, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1981
Fourth Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show, The Rodman House, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1981
2nd Annual Garden Festival and Art Show/Bucks County SPCA Benefit, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1982
Fifth Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show, The Rodman House, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1982
Sixth Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show, Pearl S. Buck’s Home, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1983
Seventh Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show, The Rodman House, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1984
Eighth Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show, The Rodman House, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1985
Best of Bucks County Sculpture, Ninth Annual Bucks County Sculpture Show, The Rodman House, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1986
Phillips' Mill Annual Art Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1989
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
The Steel Service Center Institute
Republic Steel Company
Precision Coil and Steel Corporation
Denman and Davis Steel Service
Steel Service Institute's First Prize for the year's best construction in steel, 1978
Phillips' Mill Art Exhibition, 1989