Oil on canvas
- Still life
Dorothy Mead (1928–1975) was a British painter.Mead was born in London, England,She first met David Bomberg (1890–1957) when he was teaching at the Dagenham School of Art in 1944. She followed him when he moved to the City Literary Institute in London and then to the Borough Polytechnic where she studied under Bomberg from 1945 to 1951. Mead was a founder member of the Borough Group in 1946 together with other pupils of Bomberg including Cliff Holden.From 1956 until 1959, Mead was a mature student at the Slade School of Art, following Bomberg's inspiration. Here she met artist and teacher Andrew Forge. She had a major influence on students such as Patrick Procktor and Mario Dubsky and was the first woman president of the student annual exhibiting society, Young Contemporaries (later renamed New Contemporaries), in 1959. In the same year she was required to leave the Slade, despite having won awards for her work, as a result of her having refused to sit the course on perspective, belieivng - with Bomberg - that the approach was invalid. A thesis by her explaining her view was not accepted by the principal, William Coldstream.In the Arts Council series of touring exhibitions, Six Young Painters, Mead exhibited in 1964 with other artists including Peter Blake, William Crozier, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, and Euan Uglow.Mead joined the London Group of artists in 1960 and was President from 1971–73, succeeding Andrew Forge in the position. Mead spent two spells teaching at Morley College: between 1963-5 she taught 'Painting', and from 1973-75 she taught 'Drawing & Painting' ("for advanced students of some considerable experience") and 'Improvisation from the Model' in the Morley Summer Painting School.Dorothy Mead was also a part time lecturer at Chelsea College of Art in London between 1962-64.The collection of the Tate Gallery and other art museums include work by Mead.Mead's paintings were shown at the 1991 exhibition Bomberg and his Legacy, held in Eastbourne at the Towner Art Gallery.In 2005, a retrospective exhibition was held thirty years after her death. Despite the esteem she had earned from fellow artists, it was her first ever solo exhibition.Following her death many of Dorothy Meads paintings were stolen from a secure warehouse in Essex. Mrs Valerie Long the sister of Dorothy is the holder of Dorothys works and should be contacted prior to the purchase of any paintings around the world.