Julian Trevelyan 1910-1988


Julian Trevelyan studied English Literature at Cambridge University, where, as part of an intellectual circle with George Reavey and Humphrey Jennings, he was introduced to Surrealist concepts.  In 1931 he joined the Stanley Hayter's atelier in Paris, where he worked alongside artists such as Miro, Ernst, Kokoschka and Picasso.  This experience enhanced his understanding of the revolutionary potential of philosophy.  Trevelyan's work was included in the first, and most important, 'International Surrealist Exhibition' in 1936 at the New Burlington Galleries in London, cementing his position as a founder member of the British Surrealist Group.


His painting gradually shifted away from its Surrealist roots as he developed an increasing unique and naive style.  He resigned from the group in 1938 and became involved with the Government 'Mass Observation' project when he produced some of his most striking and poignant works.  After war service as a camouflage artist Trevelyan found his own personal peace when he settled at Durham Wharf on the Thames near Hammersmith. This location became central to his work and provided him with an ever changing source of inspiration.