"A selection of his paintings and etchings featured in the ground-breaking ‘International Surrealist Exhibition’ at the New Burlington Galleries, London in 1936"
Julian Trevelyan was a distinguished artist and printmaker producing work with a broad appeal. He had no formal art training but joined Stanley Hayter’s atelier in Paris in 1931 where he worked alongside artists such as Ernst, Kokoschka, Masson, Miro and Picasso. It was in this atmosphere that he turned to Surrealism and became a founding member of the British Surrealist Group. A selection of his paintings and etchings featured in the ground-breaking ‘International Surrealist Exhibition’ at the New Burlington Galleries, London in 1936, his first solo exhibition was held at the Lefevre Gallery 1937..In 1937, Julian Trevelyan became involved in Tom Harrisson’s Mass Observation social anthropology surveys, recording in detail the daily lives of ordinary people. This experience had a profound effect on his work.
He served as a Camouflage Officer in the Royal Engineers from 1940–43 and visited Africa and Palestine. He joined the London Group in 1948 and became its Vice-President in1956. He taught at the ChelseaSchool of Art from 1949 and at the Royal College of Art from 1955, his students included David Hockney, Ron Kitaj and Norman Ackroyd. He was both a highly influential teacher and an important innovator of modern print techniques especially in etching
In1951, Julian Trevelyan married Mary Fedden, a fellow painter, from whom he became inseparable. Both artists painted a series of murals for the Festival of Britain (1951) and also travelled widely in Europe, Africa and the USA. They lived together at DurhamWharf on the banks of the River Thames – a location which became central to both of their work.
An exhibition at the Bohun Gallery was the catalyst for a series of major exhibitions and publications which culminated in a nationwide touring exhibition of his paintings which opened at the Royal College of Arts in October 1998 and showed concurrently with an exhibition of Julian’s etchings at the River and RowingMuseum, Henley on Thames. These major shows were the launch for ‘Julian Trevelyan: Catalogue Raisonne of Prints’ by Sylvie Turner and published by Lund Humphries.
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