When you look at a piece of Mary Fedden artwork, it will be no surprise why she garnered such acclaim. These are refreshing and vital pieces of art, which are as urgently impressive now as they were when they were first conceived. We feel privileged to have a number of high quality Mary Fedden limited edition prints in store. Electric, startlingly beautiful and full of life, these signed prints will always give something new to their viewer.
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Born in Bristol, Mary Fedden (1915-2012) wanted to be a painter from a very early age. She went on to study at only the age of 16 at Slade School of Fine Art from 1932 to 1936. Having studied there under respected Russian theatre designer Vladimir Polunin, she initially did some work of her own in theatre design before she then decided to go another direction. Returning from London to Bristol, she started to make a living painting portraits. Then, with the beginning of the Second World War, she went back to London to work on murals as part of the official war effort; she was in 1944 called up to work as a Navy driver.
Brilliant Artistic Career
With the war ended, Fedden was able to return to the easel, with her style developing in a modernist direction which carried with it echoes of figures such as Matisse and Braque. She had her first exhibition in 1947 and went on to become a prolific painter throughout her life. Mary Feeden's artwork is bold and vivid, often making use of simplistic yet striking shapes and colour combinations. Her body of work is collected in a number of world renowned galleries such as the Royal Academy in London and the Tate Gallery. Our collection featurse some wonderful examples of her still life paintings and you can have your very own Mary Fedden print to enjoy home.
Fedden has left a significant impact on the art world as a person and a painter. She was the first female tutor at the Painting School at the Royal College of Art. Her life and her time with her husband, poet Julian Trevelyan, in Chiswick has also been the focus of a monograph by writer and critic Mel Gooding. In terms of respect from the Academy, she was the receiver of an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath, an honorary degree from the University of Durham, while she was also an academician of the Royal Academy. In terms of wider recognition, Mary Fedden additionally received an OBE.
With such a celebrated artistic life, we are delighted to have some wonderful examples of Mary Fedden prints available to buy including signed limited editions which would make truly special additions to an art collection.