Collection: Mary Fedden   1915 - 2012 

Mary Fedden, OBE RA RWA (14 August 1915 – 22 June 2012) was a British artist and was best known for her bold, vivid still lifes and her colourful views of Italy and North Africa. At the age of 16, she studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London from 1932 to 1936 When she finished her studies, she taught, painted portraits and created stage designs for Sadler's Wells Theatre. She then returned to Bristol where she painted and taught until World War II broke out. During the Second World War, Fedden served in the Woman's Land Army and the Woman's Volantary Service and as a driver for the NAAFI in Europe. She was also commissioned to create murals for the war effort. After the war was over, Fedden developed her own style of flower paintings and still lifes, reminiscent of artists such as Matisse and Braque.