Julian Trevelyan (English, 1910-1988) was a Surrealist artist known as a leading figure of modern print techniques and a driving force behind the etching revolution of the 1960s. Born in Surrey, he was well educated, attending the Bedales School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied English Literature. Following his studies, Trevelyan moved to Paris where he enrolled at Atelier Dix-Sept, where he learned the process of etching. Whilst here, he worked alongside artists such as Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. His skills in etching would later be developed when he wuld return to England and teach the history of art and etching at the Chelsea School of Art in 1950. Trevelyan had a passion that he wished to share with others, and so in 1955 he started teaching at the Royal College of Art, where he became head of the etching department.
Trevelyan's first solo exhibition was at the Lefevre Gallery in 1937. Since then, his work has been exhibited at Waddington Galleries, New Grafton Gallery, Bohun Gallery, River and Rowing Museumin Henley-on-Thames, the Bloomsbury Gallery, Messum's, the New Burlington Galleries in London, and Pallant House Gallery, and Chichester.