Artist biography

Mary KESSELL b. 1914

Painter of figure subjects and decorations, and illustrator. Born 13 November 1914 in London. Studied at Clapham School of Art 1935–7 and the Central School 1937–9. Illustrated Mrs Kimber by Sir Osbert Sitwell 1937. Painted murals for the old Westminster Hospital and in 1955 for Imperial Chemical House, Millbank. Spent six months in Germany as Official War Artist 1945 and made drawings at Belsen and Berlin. First one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1950. Has taught Drawing and Design at the London School of Printing and Graphic Art since 1957.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I