Mary Fedden is one of Britian’s most popular living artists, focusing on painting, graphic design, watercolor, murals and collages. Although known primarily as a still-life painter, fantasy and imagination have always played a strong part. She is the widow of British painter Julian Trevelyan.
At the age of sixteen, Feddem left school to study at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, from 1932-1936. After leaving the college she made a living teaching, painting portraits and producing stage designs for Sadlers Wells and the Arts Theatre.
At the outbreak of the Second World War Fedden served in the Land Army and the Woman's Voluntary Service and was commissioned to produce murals for the war effort. In 1944 she was sent abroad as a driver for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.
After the war, Fedden returned to easel painting and developed her individual style of still life painting. In an article in 'The Artist' magazine, Fedden wrote:
From 1958-1964 she taught at the Royal College of Art and was appointed the first female tutor in the Painting School. Her pupils included David Hockney and Allen Jones. Subsequently, Fedden taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School and was elected Royal Academician. From 1984 to 1988 she was President of the Royal West of England Academy. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and an O.B.E. for her work.
In 2008 Portland Gallery held a Retrospective Fedden Exhibition with 125 paintings spanning six decades.
In 2009 Mary Fedden was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Durham.
Honorary doctorate and an O.B. E from the University of Bath
Heal’s department store art gallery, late 1940’s.