Mary Fedden left school to study at the Slade School of Art at the age of sixteen. 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:

‘I really float from influence to influence. I found the early Ben Nicholson’s fascinating as were the paintings of his wife Winifred. I also admire the Scottish artist Anne Redpath and the French painter Henri Hayden.1951 Mary Fedden married the artist Julian Trevelyan who she had met before the war. They took a studio on the Thames River at Chiswick, where Fedden, lived and worked there until she passed away. Together, Trevelyan and Fedden travelled widely and even collaborated on a mural commission for Charing Cross Hospital. Fedden received several other commissions for murals, most importantly from the Festival of Britain (1951), the P & O Liner, Canberra (1961) as well as from schools and hospitals.

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.

  • Ermione, 1995

    by Mary Fedden

    £13,500
    DIMENSIONS: (sight) 9.3 x 11 inches (23.5 x 28 cm) (framed) 13 x 15 inches (33 x 38.1 cm) SIGNATURE: Signed and dated (lower right) Signed and titled on label (verso) MEDIUM: Watercolour and gouache Mary Fedden was a great lover of the opera and, in her later period, she designed programme and book covers for the Glyndebourne Festival and exhibited her work several times at the East Sussex manor house. This particular piece depicts a performance of Ermione at Glyndebourne. MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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    • The Cake Shop, 1971

      by Mary Fedden

      £15,500
      MEDIUM: Pencil on paper DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 26 x 18 inches (66 x 45.7 cm) SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Fedden’  and dated (lower right) MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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      • A man reaching out towards a hand that goes out of the image standing in a street of white stone buildings and with two cats in the front

        Buon Giorno, 1983

        by Mary Fedden

        £19,000
        MEDIUM: Watercolour and pastel on paper DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 8.5 x 6 in. / 21.6 x 15.2 cm SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Fedden' and dated (lower left) This small watercolour by Mary Fedden is actually a remake of an earlier work painted by the artist in 1980. In both she depicts her partner, Julian Trevelyan, standing in a street of white stone buildings reaching out toward a disembodied hand. In this iteration she has chosen to paint two cats rather than the dog featured in the 1980 version. This is an example of Fedden’s characteristic collaging together of imagery to form her compositions – she would make many sketches and pull from them to do this. MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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        • scene of people dancing around with hats and masks on with bird and a dog in front of a castle by Mary Fedden

          Masque at Strawberry Hill, 1990

          by Mary Fedden

          £45,000
          MEDIUM: Oil on canvas DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 24.0 x 30.0 in. / 61.0 x 76.2 cm SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Fedden’  and dated (lower right) Mary Fedden is renowned for her unique perspective and great talent for finding beauty in the everyday. She worked with bold palettes and simplified shapes, carefully orchestrating her still life compositions to draw out the extraordinary from ordinary objects. This delightful work Masque at Strawberry Hill held a particular significance to the artist at a time in her life. Mary’s husband, acclaimed artist Julian Trevelyan, had been commissioned by a collector and friend, John Iddon, to paint a picture of Strawberry Hill for him. Shortly after its completion Julian sadly died and Mary couldn’t part with the painting. Therefore, she painted two herself, one she sold to John and the other is the painting we have for sale. MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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          • orange and brown watercolour landscape with hills and buildings in Italy by Mary Fedden

            Landscape Study, Italy, 1975

            by Mary Fedden

            £12,750
            MEDIUM: Watercolour on paper DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 7.5 x 10.5 in. / 19.1 x 26.7 cm SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Fedden’ (lower left); inscribed ‘Oleg Polunin’ and dated (verso) MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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            • Sheep, 1980

              by Mary Fedden

              £11,500
              DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 5.9 x 8.3 inches (15 x 21 cm) SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Fedden’ and dated (lower left) MEDIUM: Gouache MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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              • Flowers in a vase by Mary Fedden

                Floral Still Life, 1946

                by Mary Fedden

                £21,500
                DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 20 x 16 in. / 50.8 x 40.6 cm SIGNATURE: Signed and dated (lower right) MEDIUM: Oil on canvas This is a still life painted by Mary Fedden in a more academic style than her later works, evidencing her technical talent for depth and tonality. The composition is of a vase filled with flowers and foliage, painted over a background of various hues of natural blues and greens. Born in Bristol in 1915, Mary Fedden is renowned for her unique perspective and great talent for finding beauty in the everyday. She worked with bold palettes and simplified shapes, carefully orchestrating her still life compositions to draw out the extraordinary from ordinary objects. In fact, it was her constant progression and development throughout her career that makes her overall body of work so interesting; from her earlier pieces playing with colour, perspective, and patterns to her later work experimenting with light, texture, and crisper, cleaner lines. MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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                • Jay, 1992

                  by Mary Fedden

                  £10,500
                  DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 5.9 x 9.1 in. / 15 x 23 cm SIGNATURE: Signed and dated (lower right) MEDIUM: Gouache on paper Mary Fedden has here painted in gouache a small jay against a distant landscape. The piece is full of colour and character, ranging from blurred swatches of colour to crisp lines of detail to show the delicacy of the bird's feet. Fedden was an artist whose exquisitely executed paintings often take the form of a hybrid between a still life and a landscape. In these, a group of objects fruit, glasses, bottles, even cats – are depicted in fine detail in front of a striking background scene. These intriguing combinations illustrate the depth of vision, both in a figurative and literal sense, which Fedden portrayed in her work. MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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                  • Cottages by the Sea, 1978

                    by Mary Fedden

                    £7,500
                    DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 7.5 x 6.7 inches (19 x 17 cm) SIGNATURE: Signed and dated (lower left) MEDIUM: Watercolour MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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                    • DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 19.75 x 19.75 in. / 50.17 x 50.17 cm SIGNATURE: Signed and dated (lower left) MEDIUM: Oil on canvas Still Life with Pear, Melon and Grapes is a still life painting by British artist Mary Fedden, full of hot, bold colour. Born in 1915, Fedden had a lifelong passion for art and left school at the age of sixteen to study at the Slade School of Art under the theatre designer Vladimir Polunin. Following her tutor’s lead, Fedden went on to work as a set painter at Sadler’s Wells and the Arts Theatre in Great Newport Street in London. MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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                      • Black and White Ball, 2007

                        by Mary Fedden

                        £36,000
                        DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 31.5 x 35.5 in. / 80.01 x 90.17 cm SIGNATURE: Signed and dated (lower left) MEDIUM: Oil on canvas Mary Fedden very much developed her own individual style of still life painting, as this work beautifully exemplifies. In an article in 'The Artist' magazine, Fedden wrote: 'I really float from influence to influence. I found the early Ben Nicholson's fascinating as were the paintings of his wife Winifred. I also admire the Scottish artist Anne Redpath and the French painter Henri Hayden.' MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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                        • Black Bottle, 2009

                          by Mary Fedden

                          £24,000
                          DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 16 inches x 20 inches / 40.64 x 50.8 cm SIGNATURE: Signed and dated lower right MEDIUM: Oil on canvas MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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                          • Pineapple, 2007

                            by Mary Fedden

                            £36,000
                            DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 23 inches x 27 inches / 58.42 x 68.58 cm SIGNATURE: Signed lower right MEDIUM: Oil on canvas MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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