Julian Trevelyan has left us with some wonderful images that track his life, loves and passions, the earliest days of which can be traced back to his days at Trinity College , Cambridge in the 1930's. He was at this time, interested in Surrealism and eventually, in 1931, gave up the academic life and travelled to Paris where he where he joined S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17 . It was here that he learned his trade as a master printsman. He graduated from line engraving to textures impressed in soft ground etching and aquatint, which became his preferred methodology.
Julian Trevelyan worked at the Royal College of Art between 1955 and 1963, where he became head of the Etching department and influenced the likes of Ackroyd, Hockney and Kitaj. His own personal style, particularly in the 1970's, developed into one of simplification and outlining which resulted in fresh, spontaneous and bold images with the use of little colour. He printed many of his Etchings himself at his Durham Wharf studio in West London , where he had a Kimber press installed in 1964.
The image shown below is a fine example of Julian Trevelyans work from the late 1970's. It is titled 'Farndale' and is an Etching and Aquatint from a single steel plate 35 x 48 cm and dates from 1979. The work only uses one colour -black- and was printed by Trevelyan on Mouldmade, Arches 88 paper sheets 57x76 cm. Interestingly, this was to be an edition of 50 with a run of 5 Artists Proofs but only 10 of the edition were ever produced by him in his lifetime, making this a very sought after and hard to find image. Farndale , itself is located in North Yorkshire and is only a few miles from the farm the Trevelyans bought in 1974 called Hill top Farm in Spaunton, North Yorkshire.
Here in Hertfordshire, Blondes Fine Art continue to strive to source those special works from our greatest artists and if you are looking for a particular 'hard to find' work do please contact us and we will endeavour to help you locate it.
At the time of writing this image by Julian Trevelyan has just been reserved.