Born in Pontypridd in 1932, and trained at Cardiff College of Art 1949–54, Handel Cromwell Evans subsequently made a living as a painter, draughtsman and printmaker over four decades in the Caribbean, America and Germany—where is reputation is greatest. He spent time at the British School at Rome and also studied etching at Atelier 17 in Paris. Evans was a truly International artist; his work is represented in collections across Europe and the Americas and in major institutions from the National Gallery of Jamaica to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Evans had long hoped for a significant exhibition of his work in Wales, and one somewhere in Britain is overdue for this most self-critical of artists. Solo shows at two London venues, Brown's Hotel in 1972, at the small Mario Flecha Gallery in 1982, and one at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 1987, made modest impact, although his fine early drawing Dandies, Head of a Welshman was acquired for the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.