Trevor Grimshaw is most celebrated for his black and grey graphite portrayal of post-industrial Britain, featuring semi-derelict cotton mills, tall chimneys, canals, railway viaducts, steam engines, cobblestones and the great Victorian iron and stone megaliths.


Grimshaw exhibited widely in the UK (including at the Royal Academy) as well as in the US and Germany. His work was included in the private collections of LS Lowry, Edward Heath, the Warburton Family and Gerald Kaufman.


He is represented in a number of public collections, including The Tate Gallery, Salford Art Gallery, Stockport Art Gallery, Bury Art Gallery, Astley Cheetham. Corporate collections including Granada Television, North West Arts and the B.B.C. hold his work.


He illustrated The Singing Street, a book of poems by Mike Harding, and executed limited edition lithographs for Christie's Contemporary Art. He also produced the title slide images for the early BBC Great Railway Journeys of the World series.


In 2004 a major retrospective exhibition Shades of Grey was held at Stockport Art Gallery in celebration of his life and work. Artist Geoffrey Key described Grimshaw, a long time friend, as "one of the most important graphic artists working in the north during the last half of the 20th century".