GUNDRY, Mary

1951 - ?

Mary Gundry signing her book Drawn to Southwold

As Mary Ward, was born at Hunstanton, Norfolk in 1951, daughter of Maurice Cyril Ward and his wife Olwen Marjorie née Paige, who married at Fakenham, Norfolk in 1944. Mary studied part-time at Norwich School of Art but is mostly self-taught and married at Hunstanton in 1974, Richard Gundry and now works under the name of Mary Gundry. After working for Anglia Television in Norwich, in 1989 she became a full-time painter and illustrator with her painting capturing children at play and have been reproduced in the form of greetings cards, Christmas cards, limited edition prints and calendars. In 1998 she opened the Garden Gallery at High Street, Southwold, selling her own work complimented by the work of thirty other artists, sculptors, potters etc., but to enable her to concentrate on her painting, in June 2005, she sold the Garden Gallery, working from her studio in nearby Blythburgh. Although her speciality is as a painter in watercolour, Mary has been experimenting with oil paints, enjoying the freedom and flexibility of the medium and regularly undertakes commissions of children enjoying the seaside. Her latest project is to study horse racing capturing the movement and feel of a day at the races. In December 2008, Mary and her partner Colin Huggins, decided to open The Little Gallery at Market Place, Halesworth, Suffolk selling exclusively Mary's work and Colin's photography along with some sculptural work by Michael Simpson and Barry Sutton together with some ceramics. Mary exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries, London in 2006 and 2010 and has also exhibited at Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries; Suffolk Open Studios; Art Garden Party at Wissett; Blythburgh Church Exhibition and The Arts, Crafts and Design Fair, Newmarket. She is the author of 'Drawn to Southwold' (2014).





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