Mary Fedden: The Painter's Eye

Jamie Anderson, director of Portland Gallery: ‘Pulling together the paintings and works on paper which constitute this exhibition was a real voyage of discovery, despite being so familiar with her work. Engaging with collectors has given fresh insight into her working practice and her character. What has been fascinating is how collecting Mary’s work seems to be hereditary, with each new generation finding fresh pleasure in viewing and owning her paintings.’

Portland Gallery is delighted to announce an important exhibition of works by Mary Fedden taking place in November. The exhibition features almost fifty paintings, drawings and collages that span the artist’s entire career. Beginning with Fedden’s early landscape, figure and still life painting, our show highlights the artist’s new, individual style of studio painting using bold colour and playful composition. The exhibition presents a wide array of Fedden’s celebrated and charming still lifes, dreamlike landscapes and figurative painting which have cemented her reputation as one of Britain’s most enduringly popular artists of the 20th and 21st Century. Highlights include the dynamic 1974 interior, The Etching Table, where the influence from St Ives artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood can be felt, and Goat’s (Lanzarote), 1987, an exceptional large-scale oil demonstrating Fedden’s additional stimulus from travels with her husband and fellow artist Julian Trevelyan, who lived and worked together with Fedden at their Hammersmith studios from 1951.


Mary Fedden: The Painter’s Eye opens at Portland Gallery from the 10th November until 2nd December. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm, or by appointment.

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