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Mary Fedden: Simple Pleasures Exhibition.

9 July 2022 to 16 October 2022 The Victoria Art Gallery

Mary Fedden, Pats Pansy, 1985, oil on canvas
Fedden (1915-2012) is well known as a colourist who celebrated her favourite places, things and people in wonderous compositions that delight the eye as much as the mind. Visitors to the show will be inspired by her delight in the simple things of life.
This exhibition explores her life and work, from her childhood and young adulthood in Bristol, to her marriage with fellow artist Julian Trevelyan and their decades working in adjoining studios at Durham Wharf on the Thames.
 
Over 110 paintings and works on paper are featured, covering all periods of Fedden’s career, drawn from both private and public collections across the UK, including Tate and the Government Art Collection.
 
The exhibition will shed new light on the artist’s working practices by including her easel and some of her favourite still life objects – the simple things that inspired her such as flowers and foodstuffs. It will also explore the development of her sensibility for bright colours via her own notes on her working practice, graphic panels and a well-illustrated catalogue.
 
Fedden’s approach comes across in her own testimony: “The world today is filled with ready-made entertainment, ugly mass-produced objects made with little love or care, canned music and huge hideous advertisements. It is a world where musicians, artists and poets have a struggle to survive at all, and yet artists are more and more needed in this uncreative world … Almost every day, I find some lovely thing to set me going, which I can translate into patterns and colours.”
 
Councillor Kevin Guy, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “This must-see exhibition will bring together colourful artworks produced by Mary Fedden over seven decades, giving visitors a wonderful insight into the artist’s life and work. If you’re a resident of Bath & North East Somerset, don’t forget you can enjoy free admission to exhibitions at the Victoria Art Gallery.”
 
 
There will be guided tours of the exhibition on Fridays at 1.30pm-2pm throughout the show.
 
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