Artist : Merlyn evans
Merlyn Evans (1910-1973)
Merlyn Evans was born in Cardiff , Wales but raised in Glasgow,Scotland . Evans studied at Glasgow School of Art and in 1930 exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy. He was deeply effected by the poverty and violence that he saw and throughout his working life he reflected his political and social concerns in his art. In 1931, he was awarded the Haldane Travelling Scholarship and visited Berlin, Copenhagen and Paris. Later that year he won a free place at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1934 Evans became art master at Wilson's Grammar School in Camberwell. He also made frequent trips to Paris where he met and was very much influenced by Mondrian, Kandinsky, Giacometti, Max Ernst and William Hayter. He also exhibited with the London Group and at the International Surrealist Exhibition during this period.
In 1938 Evans moved to South Africa to take up a teaching post and enlisted in the Signals Company in the South African Army in 1942. In 1946 he moved back to London where his artistic career developed. In 1949 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, where he exhibited in 1952, 1953 and 1955. In 1956 the Whitechapel Gallery held a retrospective of his work. He continued to exhibit regularly during the 1960s and in 1963 took a studio in St Ives for the summer, where he went annually thereafter.It was in this year that he produced his series of works called Waterloo station and it is two of these that we currently have for sale here at Blondes Fine Art in Hertfordshire. In general terms during the 60's his work became more abstract dominatd by starkly angular architectural and geometric forms.
Later in 1967 Evans took a post as the exchange artist in residence at the Art Institute of Chicago which allowed him to visit New York. Here he met Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Robert Motherwell. In 1972 the Victoria and Albert Museum held an exhibition of his graphic work.
He is in our opinion one of the greats who has still be be fully recognised in the current Modern British Art market.
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