Yellow Table with Figure - Mary Mabbutt

Mary Mabbutt b.1951


Mary Mabbutt was born in Luton in 1951. She attended Luton School of Art and then Loughborough College of Art & Design. Between 1975 and 1978 she did post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools followed by a Junior Fellowship at Cardiff College of Art from 1978 to 1979. She then moved to Cornwall to become a tutor in painting at Falmouth College of Art. Mary has won many prizes and awards, most notably the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize in 1995. She has exhibited widely, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and her work is held in numerous public and private collections.

Mary’s paintings emerge from the ordinary world of everyday surroundings, spaces and places in her life. Over the last five years she has emphasized the relationship of colour and the need to balance the immediacy of observed discovery in small-scale work with the demands and complexity of larger paintings.

Mary says about her work: 'My starting point is always my own experience and a large proportion of my paintings have been made at or of the kitchen table, which is the centre of the home. I have also used the self-portrait as a point of departure in the observed world, a human figure that establishes a particular presence and focus of attention, which I often can’t derive from spaces or objects alone'.