Merlyn Evans Day and Evening 1932 © Estate of Merlyn Evans. Reproduced courtesy of a private collection on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland


Born 1910
Died 1973
Nationality Welsh

Born in Cardiff, Wales, Evans grew up in Rutherglen from the age of 3. He studied at Glasgow School of Art (1927-31), before attending the Royal College of Art, London (1932-34), which included study visits to Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen and Italy. He travelled extensively throughout the 1930s and 1940s, meeting Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Max Ernst and others, before settling in London where he exhibited in the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition. Between 1938-42 he lived in Durban, South Africa and served in the South African Army, then the British Army, during World War II. These experiences strongly influenced his artistic style and output; upon his return to London in the late 1940s he painted anti-war allegories, culminating in a largescale exhibition at the Leicester Galleries in 1949. Evans taught painting at the Royal College of Art (1965-73) and was awarded the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the 1966 National Eisteddfod of Wales.