The family of the late artist Mervyn Suart have shared some of his most titillating works for the first time in 30 years.
Suart was born in 1908 and died in 1992 at the age of 82.
Much of his work – including the self-portrait second from the bottom of this page – has been under lock and key ever since.
However, via the new ‘MervArt’ website, the public can now choose from over 100 pieces and order them in paper prints of various sizes. The site is also offering vinyls which can be applied to glass such as shower doors and others than can be applied to walls as murals.
And they're all awesome!
"It would be such a great loss if they are not shown and enjoyed again""
Mervyn’s daughter, Sue, comments: “We have carefully stored hundreds of his artworks for almost 30 years.
"We feel it would be such a great loss if they are not shown and enjoyed again.”
The works range from 'a little daring to downright naughty’.
A reminder: available formats also include wall murals, easily applied to any smooth surface, such as a regular plaster wall.
Another cheeky option: the images on opaque vinyl sheets for shower doors, screens and bath panels.
“They are great fun and make a real statement in the bathroom,” says Sue.
“As far as we are aware, nothing quite like them is available anywhere and they make a great interior design choice or a cheeky gift idea.”
Mervyn’s career was incredibly varied.
He served in the army during the second world war, spending part of the time as a war artist at the front. He had the unenviable task of painting soldiers with serious facial injuries, later used by pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Harold Gillies in his ground-breaking book ‘The Principles and Art of Plastic Surgery’.
After the war, Mervyn continued with his work of illustrating for numerous magazines, books, and periodicals. He was exhibited at several London shows and was even commissioned to paint one of the ceilings at the magnificent Goodwood House – a house visited by the Queen and adored by Edward VII, who visited every year.
Up to retirement he continued his work as a commercial artist commissioned by large companies and corporations to produce advertisements shown on hoardings throughout the UK and worldwide.
“A happy memory for the family is being roped in as models,” Sue says.
“We had the pleasure of seeing images of ourselves pretty much everywhere we went.”