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Evan Charlton

 (1904 - 1984)
Evan Charlton was active/lived in United Kingdom, England.  Evan Charlton is known for portrait, still life and landscape painting, wildlife woodcuts.

Evan Charlton

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The following biographical information is from the website of the Bristol Savages*, a Bristol, England art association founded in 1904 and still active.  Members refer to themselves as The Tribe.

Evan Charlton is another transient member who has left little information in the Tribe's records. When he was living in Worcester Terrace, he was elected an Artist Member in 1936, and there is no record of any activity from him in the Studio. He did, however, leave one example of his work in an illustration of his woodcuts in Grouse.

He was born in London in 1904 and was educated at the Merchant Taylor`s School and later at the University College of London where he gained his B.S. degree. He studied Art at the Slade School* where he gained the Slade Diploma.

While living in Bristol he married the daughter of M. Hartland Thomas, the well known Bristol architect. In 1938 he resigned from the Tribe and moved to Hampstead and exhibited at the New English Art School. He later took up a post at an Art School in Wales from which he retired. (Written by Cecil Broome)


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Trained at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Evan Charlton spent most of his working life in Wales, firstly as head of Cardiff School of Art, and subsequently as Schools Inspector for Art in Wales and England.

Although he painted throughout his career and became associated with the British Surrealist movement, it was only after taking early retirement in the 1960s that he painted full time.  Even then, the meticulous detail and extremely fine feathery brushwork of his mature work meant that he completed only three or four paintings a year, ensuring that the total number of his works is very small. Many of these are already in public and private collections, including the National Museum of Wales and the Tate Gallery, now Tate Britain, which acquired one of his paintings in 1996.


Tate Britain

National Museum of Wales

Welsh Arts Council

Imperial War Museum

University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology

Newport Museum and Art Gallery

National Library of Wales

Contemporary Art Society for Wales


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About  Evan Charlton

Born:  1904 - London, England
Died:   1984
Known for:  portrait, still life and landscape painting, wildlife woodcuts