Sheila Fell

Sheila Fell

Sheila Fell (1931-1979) was born in Aspatria, Cumberland, her father was a miner. She studied at Carlisle School of Art (1947-1949) where she was encouraged to take up textile design. She then went on to study at St. Martin's School of Art (1949-1951) where she studied under Roland Vivian Pitchforth and John Napper. She never returned to live in Cumberland but its landscape dominated her work for the rest of her life,

Often returning to Aspatria with the painter, L.S. Lowry for painting expeditions. Fell had a daughter by the Greek sculptor Takis Vassilakis in 1957.

She joined the teaching staff of Chelsea School of Art in 1958. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, being elected R.A. in 1974. There was a small memorial exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal in 1981, and a larger one at Salford Art Gallery, and touring in 1990-91.

She had her first solo show at the Beax Arts Gallery in 1955, one of a series in the 1950's and 1960's.There are three works of hers at the Tate Gallery in London.

External links

* [ BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour]
* [ - Castlegate Gallery Cockermouth exhibition 2006]

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