Mary Fedden OBE RA LG 1915-2012

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY - MARY FEDDEN OBE RA LG
Mary Fedden was one of Britain's finest and best loved contemporary artists. She was born on 14th August 1915 in Bristol and was married to the artist Julian Trevelyan. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1932 to 1936. She went on to teach Painting at the Royal College of Art from 1958 to 1964 where she was the first woman tutor to teach in the Painting School. Her pupils included David Hockney and Allen Jones. Fedden has exhibited in solo shows throughout the UK every year since 1947. Mary Fedden also received many mural commissions, notably the Festival of Britain (1951), the P & O Liner Canberra (1961), Charing Cross Hospital (1980) and Colindale Hospital in 1985. Mary Fedden was President of the Royal West of England Academy from 1984 to 1988 and was elected a Royal Academician in the Senior Order in 1992. She received an OBE and a Doctor of Literature, Bath University in the 1990s.

Her work hangs in many private collections including HM The Queen for Windsor Castle, Prince Hassan of Jordan, the Tate Gallery, Bristol City Art Gallery and The Royal Academy. In 1997 she won the prestigious Mother Goose Award for Children's Book Illustrations. She married the artist, Julian Trevelyan in 1951, he died in 1988. Mary Fedden lived and worked in London, her subjects are executed in a bold, expressive style with vivid and contrasting colours.

Mary Fedden died on 22nd June 2012 aged 96.


Biographical Chronology


1915 Born in Bristol on 14th August

1932 Commenced studies at the Slade School of Art, London, where she was inspired by her

tutor, Vladimir Polunin and met Julian Trevelyan for the first time

1936 Graduated from Slade School of Art, London and returned to her native Bristol to teach

1939-44 Moved to London and joined the Land Army and the Women's Voluntary Service

1944 Called up and sent to Europe as a driver for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes

1946 Returned to London, buying a house in Redcliffe Road with Maise Meiklejohn

1947 First one-woman exhibition at the Mansard Gallery in Heal's Department Store, which led

to a three year commission to paint the covers of Woman magazine

1949 Travelled through Europe with the artist Julian Trevelyan. On their return to London they

settled together in Trevelyan's home and studio by the Thames at Durham Wharf, Chiswick

1951 Married Julian Trevelyan

Painted a mural for the children's section in the Television pavilion on the South Bank at

the Festival of Britain

1958-64 Taught at the Royal College of Art, London where she was the first female tutor in the

Painting School, her pupils including David Hockney, Allen Jones and Patrick

Caulfield

1961 Commissioned to paint a mural for the P&O liner Canberra

1965-70 Taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey

1980 Painted mural for Charing Cross Hospital with Julian Trevelyan

1984-88 President of Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

1985 Painted a mural for Colindale Hospital

1988 Death of Julian Trevelyan

1992 Elected Royal Academician in the Senior Order

1995 Publication of Mary Fedden written by Mel Gooding

1996 Received an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of Bath

1997 Awarded OBE

2007 Publication of Mary Fedden. Enigmas and Variations by Christopher Andreae

2012 Died in Chiswick on 22nd June
Mary Fedden OBE RA LG

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Boxing Day

Mary Fedden

Boxing Day

Oil on canvas

32 x 36 ins (81.28 x 91.44 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Cats

Mary Fedden

Cats

Oil on artists board

9¼ x 11¾ ins (23.50 x 29.85 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Collage with Fruit

Mary Fedden

Collage with Fruit

Watercolour and Collage

9¾ x 8 ins (24.77 x 20.32 cms)

Price: £6,500.00

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Enigmas and Variations

Book

29 x 24 cms (29.00 x 24.00 cms)

Price: £35.00

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Feather Butterfly & Yellow Fruit

Watercolour

6.5 x 7.5 ins (16.51 x 19.05 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Julian Walking

Mary Fedden

Julian Walking

Oil on Board

9 x 6 ins (22.86 x 15.24 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Sheeps Eye

Mary Fedden

Sheeps Eye

Collage

10 x 8 ins (25.40 x 20.32 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Squash and Quails Eggs

Oil on Board

7.5 x 9.5 ins (19.05 x 24.13 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Still Life with  White Amaryllis

Oil on Board

31.25 x 23.5 ins (79.38 x 59.69 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Still Life with Egg Cup and Volcano

Gouache

6½ x 7¾ ins (16.51 x 19.68 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - The Chest of Drawers

Mary Fedden

The Chest of Drawers

Oil on canvas

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - The Stalker

Mary Fedden

The Stalker

Oil on canvas

36 x 40 ins (91.44 x 101.60 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Three Brushes

Mary Fedden

Three Brushes

Oil on canvas

32 x 35½ ins (81.28 x 90.17 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Tulips

Mary Fedden

Tulips

Oil on Canvas laid on Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Mary Fedden OBE RA LG - Yellow Flowers

Mary Fedden

Yellow Flowers

Gouache

5½ x 8½ ins (13.97 x 21.59 cms)

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