Yana Trevail (b. 1958) is a painter in oils, and performer preoccupied with the exploration of topographical themes, in particular abandoned and decaying places.  She has had seven solo exhibitions and has had her work selected for numerous exhibitions including the BP Portrait Awards: National Portrait Gallery; The Hunting Art Prizes: Royal College of Art and the Royal Soc. of Portrait Painters. Her work is in many private collections in the UK and internationally.
In 1975 she met and sat for the painter Robert Lenkiewicz with whom she studied. She was his studio assistant from 1997 until his death in 2002.
my paintings are derived from a physical engagement with the landscape and of the haunting, silent presences of abandoned places and archaeological sites. Certain shapes, colours and forms found in these locations remind me of the interconnectedness of all things in space and time: that we are made of the same material that constitutes rock, the dust of nebulae and stars. My feelings for the deep and distant are registered on palimpsest surfaces in layers of translucent paint. Rich, gem-like colours, such as transparent red oxide, Indian yellow, pthalo blue and more recently gold leaf, are used to create unpredictable, sometimes strange, cosmological images”
Awards
2004 Arts Council of England: Individual Artist Award

Prizes
2007 artspaces Prize: South West Academy Open
2007 St David’s Prize: South West  Academy Open

2002 Meynell Fenton Prize: The Discerning Eye
2002 M. Baker Award for Painting & Drawing: South West  Academy Open 
2001 Chairman’s Prize: The Discerning Eye
1998 First Prize: Sterts Figurative Open

 
Solo exhibitions

2014 A Retrospective: Westall Centre Gallery, Mount Kelly, Tavistock
2012  Domus de Janas: Bowie Gallery, Totnes, UK
2010  Strange Dichotomy: Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, UK 
2010  Strange Dichotomy: Tamar Valley Centre, Cornwall, UK [commission]
2010  Presence: Bowie Gallery, Totnes, UK
2009  Dark Skies: Bowie Gallery, Totnes, UK
2004  Absence: New Street Gallery, Plymouth, UK