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Self Portrait
Photo credit: City & County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection

Self Portrait

Evan Walters (1893–1951)

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Painter, born in Mynydd Bach, near Swansea, who grew up in Llangyfelach, Glamorgan. In 1906 he was apprenticed to a decorating firm in Morriston, from 1910–13 attending Swansea School of Art. Walters worked in America, 1916–19, spending the next 20 years in London, during which time he studied at Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art and Royal Academy Schools. In 1927 Walters had an extremely successful show at Warren Gallery which drew the attention of the press and eminent people in London society and artistic circles. The miner’s son’s fame and continued triumphs seemed assured, but after this Walters’ art seemed to lack firm direction. Half of him wanted freedom from his Welsh roots, the other half hankered for Llangyfelach. From 1939 he worked in both London and Wales, latterly experimenting with a theory which he termed double-vision.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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