Julian Trevelyan

Artist Biography

Julian Trevelyan RCA, RA, 1910-1988 Trevelyan studied English Literature at Cambridge where he was to join a social-circle of inspiring academics, including George Reavey and Humphrey Jennings who introduced Trevelyan to French painting and Surrealist ideas. He then went to Paris to further his interest in art and studied at the studio of S.W.Hayter in Paris from 1930 to 1934 and worked alongside Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoshka and Joan Miro. By 1936 Trevelyan was a confirmed Surrealist and exhibited at the famous International Exhibition of Surrealism at the New Burlington Galleries in London an exhibition which was met with high acclaim. He had the first one man exhibition at the Leferve Gallery in 1937

He travelled widely in Europe, including the Balkans and Mount Athos. The Spanish Civil war moved him as it did Picasso and he produced work in support of the Republican Government in Spain.  He later settled at Hammersmith overlooking the Thames in 1935. In the late 1940s and 1950s he taught at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, but continued to create new works concurrently inspiring a whole generation of new British talent including David Hockney, Ron Kitaj and Norman Ackroyd. Trevelyan’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK and is held in many public and private collections. Including more than 100 art works in the Tate. He was appointed Academician of the Royal Academy of Art in 1987 one year before his death.

Selected Exhibitions