Born in Luton, Mary Mabbutt attended Luton School of Art, Loughborough College of Art & Design and the Royal Academy Schools. She lives in Falmouth in Cornwall, where she moved in 1979 to work as a tutor in painting at Falmouth College of Art.
Mary says about her work: "My starting point is always my own experience and a large proportion of my paintings have been made at or of the kitchen table, which is the centre of the home. I have also used the self-portrait as a point of departure in the observed world, a human figure that establishes a particular presence and focus of attention, which I often can't derive from spaces or objects alone".
The prominent artist, critic and curator Timothy Hyman has commented on her work: "Mary Mabbutt is a painter of real distinction, whose elegant crisp-edged, knife-like manner seems beautifully at one with the existence she represents."
Mary has exhibited widely in the UK, including at Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London and her paintings can be found in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Arts Council of Great Britain in London.