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MARY FEDDEN: A Centenary Celebration of Major Works

Royal Academy Paintings, Drawings,

Collages and Early Lithographs

7th November 28th November

To celebrate Bohun Gallery’s long and personal association with one of Britain’s best-loved

artists, the Henley on Thames gallery will be celebrating Mary Fedden’s Centenary with a major

show of her very finest work including Royal Academy paintings, drawings, collages and the

first survey of her early lithographs. Many of the paintings have not been seen since their first

appearance at Royal Academy Summer shows which presents an exciting opportunity for

Modern British collectors. These reappearing works also offer the new generation of Fedden

collectors the chance to get a much clearer and broader idea of Fedden’s artistic

development and diversity.

Mary Fedden first exhibited her work at Bohun Gallery in Henley on Thames in 1984. Patricia

Jordan Evans recalls It was Elisabeth Frink who introduced me to Mary Fedden nearly 35 years

ago. From the start there was a rapport between us and we enjoyed a warm friendship until

her death in 2012”. Mary and her artist husband, Julian Trevelyan RA, regularly exhibited their

paintings at the Henley on Thames gallery which offered collectors outside London the

opportunity to discover Fedden’s work. Her paintings were much sort after from the start for

their unique artistry and attractiveness. Patricia recalls how she regularly discovered collectors

camped out overnight on Bohun’s doorstep, ensuring that they were first through the door at

the Private View - “Private views for Mary were always absolutely packed with friends and

admirers. It was usually a bit of a frenzied affair as collectors fought to acquire the little gems.

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The Private Views were always followed by a meal together when Mary shared her rich

conversation and warmth to the delight of all”.

The collection includes early still lifes from the 1970s and further examples from each decade of

her working life. The paintings do not invite analysis or discussion they are intuitive and

spontaneous and present a glorious array of objects. The subject matter reflects her recurring

passions with superb still lifes featuring her favourite cats, the tools of her trade, overloaded

table tops depicting objects within a hand’s reach and all set against the exotic locations

which she explored with Julian (including a large and rare painting of a garden in Gozo). The

sheer size of these paintings (some are nearly four foot) illustrates the importance placed on

them by Fedden, being undertaken specifically for the Royal Academy Summer exhibitions

where Mary had been a full Academician since 1991.

Mary Fedden’s skill as a draughtsman and illustrator is undisputed. Her drawings are striking and

exquisite with superbly controlled lines. The drawings in Bohun Gallery’s show are not the

notations and ‘jottings’ of an artist using drawing as an aide-memoire but large, finished

compositions designed to be exhibited and sold. The exhibition includes three such highly

finished works, dating from the 1970s, depicting table-top scenes in Italy and France. The

admiration which the early drawings received led Fedden to collaborate with Master

Printmaker Stanley Jones of Curwen Press allowing for a wider audience to enjoy the work. The

result was a series of lithographs, created during the 1970s, worked on personally by Fedden at

Curwen Press and Bohun Gallery have managed to assemble a selection of these rare limited

edition works.

One of the least conventional mediums explored by Fedden, is that of collage. Encouraged by

Julian Trevelyan, she used his discarded etchings and explored her surrealist side unexpectedly

juxtaposing objects, textures and styles. These witty and affectionate homages to Julian result in

one particular ‘jewel in the show a miniature collage of Julian in his studio, which will delight

both Trevelyan and Fedden enthusiasts.

Mary Fedden was the first female art teacher at the Royal College of Art and taught many of

the rising stars of the 1950s and 60s including David Hockney, Allen Jones and Patrick Caulfield.

Subsequently, Fedden taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School and was elected Royal

Academician in 1991. From 1984 to 1988 she was President of the Royal West of England

Academy and she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and an

O.B.E. for her work. She continued to work from the studio in Hammersmith that she shared with

her husband, who died in 1988, well into her nineties.

For further information and high res images, please contact Katie Newman on

01491 576 228 or

Mary Fedden and Patricia Jordan Evans at Bohun Gallery in 2002


Still Life with Jug, 1974 Oil on canvas 36x30ins.

Tabby by a Marble Table’ 2002 Oil on canvas 36x50ins.

The Shell, 2000 Oil on canvas 40x50ins. Garden at Gozo, 1963 Oil on canvas 30x36ins.

Julian in his Studio, 1996, Mixed media and collage 6x10ins. Three Brushes, 2006 Oil on canvas 32x35ins

15 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1AB Telephone /Fax 01491 576228

Bohun Contemporary Art Limited Company No. 5708718 Registered office as above Director: P M Jordan Evans