‘Trevelyan was brilliantly inventive and possessed a wit and innocence of eye that could discover enchantment in the most mundane scenes’.
Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988) was born in Dorking, Surrey. He was educated at Bedales School, and Trinity College Cambridge, where he read English. He joined Stanley William Hayter’s Paris printmaking workshop, Atelier Dix-Sept, where his fellow students included Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. He encountered Surrealism, and after moving back to England became a founding member of the British Surrealist Group. In 1951 Trevelyan married Mary Fedden (see artists) and the couple travelled widely, in Europe, Africa, India and the USA, before settling in London, Durham Wharf, on the banks of the River Thames, where he set up his etching studio.
Trevelyan was a teacher of etching at the Royal College of Art where his students included David Hockney, Norman Ackroyd and Ron Kitaj. He was elected Royal Academician in 1987. His first exhibition was at the Lefevre Gallery, in 1937, but he exhibited at the Royal College of Art; the Waddington Galleries, the New Grafton Gallery; the Bohun Gallery; and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
Trevelyan is recognized as a prime force behind the etching revolution of the 1960’s.His work is widely collected and held in public collections worldwide.
Public Collections holding the work of Julian Trevelyan:
Tate Gallery, London. National Portrait Gallery, London.