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After studying at the Slade School in London from 1932 to 1936, Mary Fedden returned to her native city of Bristol to work and teach. She stopped painting altogether during the war, when she engaged upon a number of different national duties. Settling in London after the war, she returned to painting with a determination to break away from its formal conventions and give it more of the bright colour, broad strokes and simplified form that she had long admired in stage and costume design. The still life set before a landscape, explored in manifold inventive varieties of combination and composition, continues to be her best-known motif. She has enjoyed an immensely successful career both as a painter and teacher for over 50 years. Elected President of the Royal West of England Academy from 1984 to 1988, and a Royal Academician in 1992, she was awarded an OBE, and an honorary degree at Bath in the 1990s.
The Prophecies of Isaiah
oil on canvas
H 76 x W 135 cm
transferred from the Bretton Hall College Collection, 2001