The Piano 1 (1968)
oil on canvas, 70x90cm
Dorothy Mead (1928-1975)
The purchase of this work was made possible by the generous contribution from the Friends of Morley. Dorothy Mead, painter, was born in London and studied under Bomberg from 1945-51. She was a mature student at the Slade School of Art 1956-59, following Bomberg’s inspiration. Mead was a founder member of the Borough Group in 1946 together with other pupils of Bomberg. Mead joined the London Group in 1960 and was President from 1971-73.
In 1964 she exhibited with artists including Peter Blake, David Hockney and Bridget Riley. Mead spent two spells teaching at Morley College: between 1963-65 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. Her work is included in collections at the Tate Gallery.