Mary Fedden OBE RA
Mary Fedden, OBE, RA, RWA (1915-2012)
Mary Fedden is one of Britain's best known and loved artists. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, as a scholar at the age of sixteen, from 1932-1936.
After leaving college she made a living teaching, painting portraits and producing stage designs for Sadlers Wells and the Arts Theatre.
From 1958-64 she was the first woman tutor at the Royal College of Art. She also taught from 1965 to 1970 at the Yehudi Menhuin School.
She was President of the Royal West of England Academy for several years and was a serving senior Royal Academician, elected in 1992.
Her paintings are of still-lives, flowers and animals in a variety of media, including oils, watercolours, and collages. Her subjects are executed in a bold, expressive style with vivid and contrasting colours.
She is also a noted muralist, having been commissioned for the Festival of Britain in 1951, the P & O Liner Canberra in 1961, and Charing Cross Hospital with Julian Trevelyan (her late husband) in 1980.
Her work has been shown at most major galleries, including the Redfern (from 1953), Hamet Gallery, the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, Heal's Mansard Gallery and the New Grafton Gallery and Beaux Art, London.
She is regarded as one Britain's most respected artists and her work is in nearly every important Modern British collection in the country. This includes the Tate Gallery, Contemporary Arts Society and
HM The Queen's collection, Royal West of England Academy, York City Art Gallery, The UK Government Art Collection, Hereford City Art Gallery, National Gallery of New Zealand and many others.
In 1997 she was awarded an OBE.
Mary Fedden died in 2012.