Mary Fedden OBE RA (d. 2012)
Born in 1915 in Bristol, Mary Fedden studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1932 to 1936 after which she returned to Bristol to paint and teach until the outbreak of the Second World War. During the war she saw active service abroad as a driver with NAAFI.
From 1946 she developed her style of watercolour and collage still lifes and flower paintings which were reminiscent of Matisse and Braque. In 1951 she married Julian Trevelyan, an early member of the English Surrealist Group, whom she has acknowledged as a major influence on the development of her painting. Together they travelled widely throughout Europe, Africa, India, Russia and America. Both artists have previously exhibited regularly at the Fosse.
In 1956 Mary Fedden began teaching at the Royal College of Art, becoming the first woman tutor in the Painting School before moving on to take up a ten year appointment at the Yehudi Menuhin School for Gifted Musicians.She was elected Royal Academician in 1992 and was president of the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol from 1985 to 1989. She lives and works in London.
Since 1950, her work has been widely exhibited in solo shows, for example at the New Grafton, Beaux Arts and Redfern Galleries in London and the Arnolfini in Bristol. She has undertaken many significant mural commissions, including the Festival of Britain, P&O Canberra and the Charing Cross and Colindale Hospitals, and her work is in many public and private collections, including Tate Britain and city art galleries throughout England and Scotland.