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.
Covid-19 update: Since June 2019 we have travelled to visit owners of Fell paintings in many parts of the country and have photographed almost 200 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. Our travelling ceased in March 2020 with the first lockdown and resumed for a few brief months in July; we ourselves have actively avoided the possibility of infection and we take care to respect owners' expectations regarding social distancing and wearing masks. We found our visits to be straightforward and were 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.
Now that the UK Covid vaccination programme is making great progress we are all looking forward to a lifting of restrictions. We have both been vaccinated and hope very much to soon be able to visit owners of Sheila Fell paintings to photograph the artworks. Please do contact us if you own a painting by Sheila Fell - we are looking forward to meeting you.