Margaret Mellis biography

Mellis was born in China to Scottish parents and moved to Britain when she was one year old. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art under S. J. Peploe, winning a scholarship to study in Paris in 1933.

 

In 1938 she met the critic and painter Adrian Stokes, whom she married. In 1939 they moved to Cornwall, both becoming central figures in the St Ives group of artists.

 

She later married the artist Frances Davidson and they spent time in France in the later 1940s. In 1950 Mellis moved to Suffolk where she still lives

 

Her work is represented by Austin/Desmond Fine Art

Chronology

1914

 

1915

 

1930-34

 

 

1934

 

1935

 

 

1937

 

 

1938

 

 

 

1939

 

 

1940

 

1946

 

1947-50

 

1948

 

1950

 

1976

 

1984

 

2009

Born in China to Scottish parents

 

Moved to Scotland

 

Edinburgh College of Art, Diploma in Drawing and Painting

Taught for one year by S J Peploe

 

Awarded post-diploma scholarship and studio

 

Awarded Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship, studied for six months in Paris under André Lhote then travelled for six months in Europe

 

Awarded Andrew Grant Fellowship (awardees worked for 1 year in their own studio then returned to Edinburgh in the second year to undertake a mural)

 

Studied at Euston Road School, London

Married Adrian Stokes

Andrew Grant Fellowship withdrawn as married women were not eligible

 

Margaret and Adrian move to Little Parc Owles, Carbis Bay near St Ives, Cornwall. August Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and family come to stay

 

Son Telfer was born

 

Left Little Parc Owles

 

Lived in Cap d’ Antibes, France

 

Married Francis Davison

 

Moved to Syleham, Suffolk

 

Moved to Southwold, Suffolk

 

Francis Davison died

 

Died 17th March

Obituaries

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