Found painted wood
23 × 35 × 4.5 cm
Signed and dated verso
Ⓒ Margaret Mellis Estate courtesy of The Redfern Estate
Margaret Mellis, 1914-2009
Born in China, Mellis was taken to her parent' native Scotland at the age of one. She was a student at Edinburgh College of Art from 1929 to 1933, when a travelling Scholarship allowed her to study under André Lhote in Paris and to travel in Spain and Italy. Returning to the college, she had a Fellowship from 1935 to 1937. She moved to London in 1938 and married the painter and writer Adrian Stokes; after settling in Cornwall in 1939 they became central figures in the St Ives group. Mellis began to work in a Constructivist manner, inspired by her neighbour Naum Gabo. She moved to France in 1948 but returned to England in 1950.