Collection: Merlyn Evans   1910 - 1973 

Merlyn Evans was born in Cardiff. He attended Glasgow School of Art (1927-1930) and then held a scholarship at The Royal College of Art (1931–1933. He travelled extensively during the 30’s and 40’s meeting Mondrian, Kandinsky, Giacometti and Ernst amongst many others before settling in London, which was to remain the base for his work until his death. He was a highly respected figure in the development of twentieth century British art. In 1956 the Whitechapel Gallery held a retrospective of his work.

Evans was a remarkable painter and draughtsman, but it might be argued that it was as a spectacularly gifted and inventive printmaker that he exerted his strongest influence. Between 1930 and 1973 he made around 100 etching, engraving and mezzotint plates most of which were printed in very small numbers. His technically complex work over the two decades after the war showed him to be the pre-eminent intaglio printmaker of the period. His works are to be found in numerous National Collections including The Tate and the V&A.