Simple Pleasures

Is the title of the new exhibition – opening on Saturday at the Victoria Art Gallery – featuring more than 110 paintings and work on paper by colourist painter Mary Fedden.

It’s a gallery full of dazzling delights from a prolific painter who celebrated her favourite places, things and people in joyous composition.

The exhibition – which runs through to 16 October – covers all periods of her career from 1936 to 2006 with work drawn from collections across the UK, including the Royal Academy, Tate, Government Art Collection, Royal West of England Academy, Bath University and numerous private collections.

The exhibition sheds new light on Fedden’s working practices by including her easel, palette and some of her favourite still life objects – the simple things, such as flowers and foodstuffs, that inspired her.

It will also explore the development of her sensibility for bright colours, via her own notes on her working practice and a well-illustrated 56-page catalogue.

While things were still being set up for the Saturday opening, I asked Jon Benington, the manager at the Victoria Art Gallery to tell me more.

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