Mary Fedden OBE RA RWA 1915-2012
Mary Fedden was born in Bristol in 1915. After leaving the Slade School of Art which she entered at the age of sixteen, Mary Fedden made a living teaching, painting portraits and producing stage and set designs for Sadlers Wells and the Arts Theatre.
During the Second World War, she served in the Land Army and the Women's Royal Voluntary Service and was commissioned to produce murals for the war effort. After the war, Fedden developed her distinctive and individual style of painting.
In 1951 she married the artist Julian Trevelyan and they took a studio on the Thames in Chiswick, West London where Fedden lived and worked until she died. Fedden travelled widely and received many commissions for murals.
From 1958 - 1964 she taught at the Royal College of Art in London and was appointed the first female tutor in the Painting School. Her pupils included David Hockney and Allen Jones. She later 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 and she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and and O.B.E.