Men Working in a Cornfield III, 1964
oil on canvas
101.6 x 127 cm
40 x 50 in
40 x 50 in
signed, dated and titled on stretcher; further inscribed with Artist's address and original price on Artist's label attached to stretcher
Fell was known for paintings almost solely depicting Cumberland, now Cumbria, in and around the mining town of Aspatria, where she was born. The present work was exhibited at the...
Fell was known for paintings almost solely depicting Cumberland, now Cumbria, in and around the mining town of Aspatria, where she was born. The present work was exhibited at the fourth of five successful exhibitions with Beaux Arts Gallery, London, and after years of hardship during her studies at St Martin's College of Art. Following her rise to the fore and funds from her teaching, in the mid-1960s Fell began to acquire brighter paints and her works was, for a few years, transformed. The subject matter of cornfields well aligns with her palette and, as discussed on an ITV News feature, the present work was one of the last of that group. Her tragically short career is defined by her exuberant use of saturated colours and gestural brushwork that brought a sense of the European to the British landscape. There is often, as here, a sense of the foreboding or uncanny to the buildings and figures that emerge from her opaque depictions of a home that she found both difficult and beautiful in equal measure.
ProvenancePrivate Collection, UK
ExhibitionsLondon, Beaux Arts, 'Sheila Fell', 1964, cat. no.5;
Kendall, Abbot Hall Gallery, 'Sheila Fell', 1965; shown in an ITV News feature;
London, Hayward Gallery, 1990-91, label attached to stretcher