Dorothy Mead
retrospective exhibition
paintings and works on paper
10 June - 16 July 2005

This exhibition, on the 30th anniversary of Dorothy Mead's death will be her first ever retrospective and one-person exhibition. Amazingly, for the first time in 30 years, the works have become available.

Her reputation in the English art world was high during her lifetime; she was admired by Bomberg, and leading art critics of the time, Lawrence Gowing, David Sylvester, Andrew Forge. She was President of the Young Contemporaries in 1958-59. Invited to show with the London Group from 1947, elected a Member in 1959, Mead became its first ever female President in 1973.

Mead was Bomberg's pupil from 1944 to 1951 and was co-founder of the famous Borough Group whose members included Creffield, Holden, Marr and Richmond.

Between 1956 and 1960, at the Slade, she became the torch bearer of Bomberg's teaching and inspired many young artists - Dubsky, Procktor were among them.

Mead showed with Peter Blake, William Crozier, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Euan Uglow and other contemporary artists in the sixties and was highly thought of in England and abroad.

During the sixties and early seventies she moved gradually away from the Bombergian model and developed her highly individual, almost impressionistic style - with a wonderful palette and great composition. Beyond the surface lightness and delicacy, however, the spiritual heritage and density of Bomberg's teaching remained with her.

Thirty years after Mead's death, this retrospective exhibition is a great opportunity to give this immensely talented artist the tribute she so richly deserves.

Please note, where you see a red dot - - the picture has been sold.


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Menton Harbour
oil on canvas
1947
59 x 76 cm
Looking South
oil on canvas
1947
68 x 100 cm
Looking into the Distance
oil on canvas
1947-48
63 x 76cm
Standing Model
oil on canvas
1947
75 x 42 cm

Standing Nude
oil on board
1948
91 x 61 cm

Standing Models
oil on board
1948
91 x 61 cm

City of London from Borough
oil on canvas
1949
84 x 96.5 cm

Rooftops over London
oil on canvas
c 1950-51
76.5 x 102 cm

 
Tombs
oil on board
1954
50 x 155cm
 
Life Room
oil on canvas
1959
101.5 x 91cm
Reclining Figure
oil on board
1961
76 x 102cm
Reclining Nude
oil on board
1962
56 x 76cm
Afternoon
oil on board
1962
61 x 96cm
Portrait
oil on canvas
1962
102 x 76cm
Model Resting
oil on canvas
1965
74 x 96.5cm
Landscape with Tower
oil on canvas
c1966
76 x 99cm
Seascape
oil on canvas
1966
61 x 92 cm
Landscape I
oil on canvas
1967
71 x 91.5cm
Landscape II
oil on canvas
1967
61 x 45 cm
Landscape III
oil on canvas
1967
45 x 61 cm
Street
oil on canvas
1967
64 x 76 cm
Flowers in Vase
oil on canvas
c1968
61 x 51 cm
The Pianist I
oil on canvas
1968
71 x 91.5cm
The Pianist II
oil on canvas
1968
71 x 91.5cm
Vase of Red Flowers
oil on canvas
1972
71.5 x 66.5cm
Landscape in Devon
oil on canvas
1973
62 x 91.5cm
The Meeting
oil on canvas
1973
71 x 102cm
Self Portrait
oil on canvas
1973
102 x 76cm