Mary Fedden (1915-2012)

Mary Fedden was widely recognised as one of the most popular and best loved artists in Britain until her death at the age of 96 in June 2012.

She was a senior Royal Academician and her subjects were often executed in a bold expressive style with vivid and contrasting colours.

Her studio was full of favourite objects which regularly featured in her paintings, these included patterned jugs, bowls, bottles, lamps, flowers, bird’s eggs, seashell and pebbles.

Mary Fedden 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. She then taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School from 1965 to 1970.

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.