Sheila Fell (RA)

21st October, 2021

Exhibition now live online

We’re pleased to reveal the twelve works by Sheila Fell that form a focused exhibition of her art from the late 1950s through to the mid 1970s. All may be viewed HERE

Of the twelve, six are available to acquire whilst six reside in private collections and are on loan only.

Works take the viewer through her relatively early artistic days with Snow on the Mountains, exhibited in 1960, through the heavy impasto period of the 1960s and into the tighter representations style of the 1970s. If you ever wanted an example as to just how Sheila developed as an artist in a relatively short period of time, you need look no further than her 1964 painting Corn Stooks Towards Evening, comparing that to her likely mid 70s oil, White House Aspatria.

In addition to oil paintings, charcoal and pastel are also exhibited, including an extremely rare portrait of Clifford Rowan, circa 1960s. Clifford was at one time Sheila’s partner and their friendship was complex yet enduring.

New discoveries

Five of the works which are available to acquire have come from one private collection in London. Most were not known of until our discovery, having come to the collector over three decades ago from said Clifford Rowan, albeit through the guidance of a Mayfair art dealer. The sixth work, the painting titled Men working in a harvest field, we’ve acquired from a private collection in the Midlands.

For those of you who aren’t that familiar with Sheila Fell, she was born in Aspatria, West Cumbria (Cumberland as it then was) in 1931. Securing a place at St. Martin’s School of Art, London in 1950, she was to emerge as one of the foremost landscape painters of post-war Britain, gaining the accolade of becoming a member of the Royal Academy, an honour only ever shared by eighty artists at any one time. As her long-term close friend, LS Lowry said, he believed Sheila to have been the greatest landscape artist of her age.

Sadly, Sheila died at her home in London in 1979, aged just forty eight. She left behind a lasting artistic legacy that has influenced countless artists since. It’s likely that in her lifetime she produced less than six hundred works; we’re proud to be exhibiting twelve of them.

We’ll open the doors to the physical exhibition on Saturday 30th October, closing them again on the 20th November, we hope to see many of you in the gallery during that time.

Steve and Christine

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