Bruce Treloar graduated from Elam School of Fine Art in 1970 and is currently based in Auckland. He is widely travelled, and has lived and worked in the South Pacific for extended periods.
Many years were spent in Sydney painting and lecturing. Due to the nomadic nature of his lifestyle, writing and illustrating books became his preferred medium. His children's books set in coastal Australia, or the South Pacific, explore universal themes. They have won numerous Australian awards. His illustrations are housed in the Lu Reeves archives in Canberra, and the Dromkeen Foundation in Melbourne.
A few works eschew the conventions of perspective, allowing figures, symbols and colours a freer form of association. Colour is the common language of all these works and it is the deep and sensuous use of colour that creates a world of its own.
Treloar's 2003 exhibition Inside the Reef featured twenty six original works. The St Francis Paintings featured in our 2006 Winter Salon.