Fedden, Mary

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Mary Fedden OBE RA

1915-2012

One of Britain’s most popular artists, Mary Fedden left school at 16 to study at the Slade School of Art. After leaving the college she made a living teaching, painting portraits and producing stage designs for Sadlers Wells and the Arts Theatre.
After the war, Fedden returned to easel painting and developed her individual style of still life painting. In 1951 she 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 died.
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 and later awarded an OBE. Her work is in numerous public collections.