Biography

1914 Born in Wukingfu, Swatow, China
1929 Began studying at Edinburgh College of Art
1933 Went to Paris, studied under Andreé Lhote
1936 Met Adrian Stokes
1937 Returned to Paris
1938 Married Adrian Stokes
Studied at Euston Road School
Fled to Cornwall
1942 Exhibited at 'New Movements in Art'
1946 Left St Ives following her divorce from Adrian Stokes
1947 Moved to London, then Cap d'Antibes, with Francis Davison
1948 Married Francis Davison
1950 Moved to Syleham, Norfolk
1978 Began making driftwood reliefs
1984 Francis Davison died
1990s Became a mentor to Damien Hirst
2009 Died

Selected solo exhibitions

1982 Pier Arts Centre, Stromness ‘Margaret Mellis 1940–80: Constructions Paintings Reliefs'
1987 Redfern Gallery, London ‘A Retrospective Exhibition 1940–1987. Constructions in Wood and Paintings’
1997 City Art Centre, Edinburgh ‘Margaret Mellis: A Retrospective’
1998 The Pier Gallery, Stromness
2001 Austin / Desmond Fine Art, London
2008 Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts ‘Margaret Mellis: A Life in Colour’
2009 Austin Desmond Fine Art, London ‘Margaret Mellis: Envelope Drawings’
2011 Wills Lane Gallery
2015 Redfern Gallery, London, 'Margaret Mellis: Paintings & Constructions'