Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Sight size: 716 x 916mm (28 3/16 x 36 1/16in.)
Overall: 878 x 1074 x 51mm (34 9/16 x 42 5/16 x 2in.)
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.4294
Sheila Fell painted a number of snow scenes throughout her life, and was fascinated by the flattening effect a mask of blank white makes on the form of the landscape. She grew up in Cumberland but after studying at St Martins School of Art in London, she only returned for holidays. However, her artistic practice was continuously drawn back to the dark, dramatic landscapes of Cumberland.
In 1955 her first solo exhibition was hosted at Beaux Arts Gallery, London, where her work caught the eye of L.S. Lowry. Lowry became a long term supporter of Fell and he purchased a number of her works.
“I don't think of myself as a woman artist. Artists are either good or bad. I also intend to live until 104. I've promised myself I will. It's what keeps me going when I worry if I'll ever have time to do all the paintings in my head.” Sheila Fell in the Sunday Times 16 December 1979