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Biography for Mary Fedden OBE RA (1915 - 2012)

In 1951, Mary Fedden married the artist Julian Trevelyan. She went on to teach painting at the Royal college of Art from 1958 to 1964, the first woman tutor to teach in the Painting School.] Her pupils included David Hockney and Allen Jones. 

Fedden exhibited in one-person shows throughout the United Kingdom every year from 1950 until her death in 2012. These included the Redfern Gallery, London from 1953, the New Grafton Gallery, London from the 1960s, the Hamet Gallery from 1970, the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and at the Beaux Arts Gallery, London in the 1990s. A major exhibition of her work was held at the Royal West of England Academy in 1996.

From 1984, Mary Fedden held the post of President of the RWS , up until 1988,[ the same year her husband Julian Trevelyan died. She is an Royal academician of the  and has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath. She has also received an OBE and an honorary degree from the University of Bath in 2009 for her work.

Mary Fedden remained a prolific and popular painter until her death in 2012. She continued to live and work in the studio she shared with her husband from the 1940s on the Thames. She died, aged 96.

Mary Fedden was represented by Portland Gallery


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