Margaret Mellis: Modernist Constructs

16 Oct 2021 – 30 Jan 2022

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

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Towner Eastbourne

England, United Kingdom


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  • The 3 (local service) and 12A (from Brighton) stop near the Winter Gardens on Carlisle Rd.
  • Eastbourne Train Station
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This exhibition draws from Mellis’ extensive repertoire of work, bringing together her early experiments in collage, the vibrant abstracts of the 1950s and 1960s, and the contemplative, yet playful driftwood constructions that dominated the final twenty years of her practice.


In 1939, aware of impending war, the artists Margaret Mellis and her husband Adrian Stokes relocated from London to St Ives in Cornwall. Their move would become a significant catalyst in the formation of The St Ives School, which also included Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham, who had followed them to St Ives. The school is heavily aligned with the story of British Modernism, with many of the artists becoming well-known. Margaret Mellis however remains largely overlooked.

The strength of Mellis’ work lies in her confident and relentless exploration of colour and form both on canvas and through her re-appropriation of objects. Modernist Constructs introduces and reveals Mellis’ artistic accomplishments, whilst aligning her within the British Modernist movement.

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Margaret Mellis


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