Sheila Fell, artist (1931 – 1979)
Sheila Fell was a Cumbrian artist who grew up in Aspatria, Cumberland, and lived and worked in London. A contemporary of Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and others, she graduated from Saint Martin's School of Art and painted strong and atmospheric images of her native countryside. Her artworks are frequently dark and brooding, and were informed by painting trips during her regular visits to stay at her family home in Aspatria. She was elected to membership of the Royal Academy in 1974 and is regarded as one of the foremost British landscape artists of the mid-20th century.
Update: Since June 2019 we have travelled to visit owners of Fell paintings in many parts of the country and have photographed around 400 paintings. We have met so many lovely people, all of whom have a great fondness for their paintings; our many and varied encounters have been an unexpected and enormously rewarding highlight of this catalogue raisonné project. We have found our visits to be straightforward and we are sometimes able to take advantage of the summer weather to photograph paintings out of doors in natural light - frequently an astonishing experience for us and for the owners as Fell's palette turns out to be vibrant and full of unexpected flashes of bright colour.
The final phase: We are actively searching for the last few paintings in private collections to ensure that as many of Fell's works as possible are included in the catalogue raisonné. We have both been triple-vaccinated against Covid-19 and hope very much to continue to visit owners of Sheila Fell paintings to photograph the final artworks. Please do contact us if you own a painting by Sheila Fell - we are looking forward to meeting you.