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Modern British Painters

Mary Fedden RA, OBE

Mary Fedden was born in Bristol in 1915 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. She taught painting at the Royal College of Art and was elected to the Royal Academy in 1994. Now in her nineties she lives and works in London solely painting in her studio, taking direction from her sketch books.

In 1951 Fedden married the artist Julian Trevelyan, (he died in 1988) but she still uses his work to help create imaginative collages. Because she paints from her studio, rather than directly on the spot, she allows her imagination to tell “lies” about the landscape and it is easy to understand why, in 1997, she won the Mother Goose Award for Children’s Illustrations as her work possesses a magical quality.

Of great inspiration was one of her tutors from her days as a student at the Slade School of Art, who used vibrant colours. Mary Fedden produces her work in an organic way, working her way around a canvas sporadically until the whole piece comes together.

She has exhibited every year since 1947 and her work hangs in many private collections including HM The Queen, Prince Hassan of Jordan, The Tate Gallery, Bristol City Art Gallery and the Royal Academy. Sadly, she died in 2012.

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