Mary Fedden was born in Bristol and wanted to be a painter even as a child. Leaving Badminton School at sixteen, she studied at the Slade School of Art in London from 1932 to 1936 under the theatre designer Vladimir Polunin, who had worked with the Ballets Russes. She painted sets for professional performances at Sadlers Wells, but decided against stage design as a career. During the war she served in the Land Army and the Woman's Voluntary Service, and on settling in London she worked as a stage painter for the Arts Theatre in Great Newport Street and produced propaganda murals. In 1944 she was called up, and sent abroad as a driver for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI).
In 1949 she moved to Durham Wharf, a complex of studios on the Thames at Chiswick. In 1951 she married the artist Julian Trevelyan, whom she had met before the war. Together they travelled in Europe, Africa, India, Russia and America. Since 1946 Fedden painted prolifically and had regular exhibitions at the Redfern Gallery, the New Grafton Gallery and many other galleries throughout Britain. She painted murals for the Television pavilion at the 1951 Festival of Britain. In 1992 she was elected to the Royal Academy .
Lithograph printed in an edition of 125 by the Curwen Studio in 2009. Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist.
4.5" x 5.5"
Lithograph printed in an edition of 50 by the Curwen Studio in 2008. Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist.
7" x 9.5"
Lithograph printed in an edition of 100 by the Curwen Studio in 2009. Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist.
Published with the limited edition copy of Enigmas and Variations by Christopher Andreae in 2007.
Lithograph printed in an edition of 150 by the Curwen Studio.
6.5" x 7.5" (image)