1998, pastel, 33cm x 47cm, signed, framed
Provenance: Thompson’s gallery, London
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Mary Stork 1938–2007
Mary Stork was born in Portsmouth in 1938. She studied at the West of England College where her primary tutor was Paul Feiler. She studied further at the Slade School of Art, London where she won major awards. Her paintings were toured with the Arts Council Young Contemporaries. At the Slade she met and married the Cornish artist Jeremy Le Grice, they lived at St Just in Cornwall. She met Karl Weschke who she credited with great influence on her work. Stork became very close friends with fellow artist Rose Hilton. Both of them sacrificed art in the face of family responsibilities for many years. When Stork remarried she raised her family in nearby Porthleven.
In 1982 she recommenced painting professionally and showed her work in small galleries including the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance. Mary became a member of the Penwith Society of Arts and also of the NSA. She returned to live in St Just when her second husband died. She moved to Penzance continuing to produce a steady stream of distinctive work, her trademark figurative pieces have become highly sought after.