EDNA MANNBritish 1926 - 1985

EDNA MANNBritish 1926 - 1985

Edna Mann was born in London. She studied art at Dagenham School of Art, where she met Dorothy Mead and David Bomberg in 1942. Edna Mann was one of the few female artist’s to have attended David Bomberg’s classes, and like Mead she had followed him to the Borough Polytechnic after attending his classes at the South-East Technical College and the City Literary Institute. She had accepted a scholarship place at the Royal College of Art but left after one year because of the trenchant opposition to Bomberg’s influence she felt from the tutors. Despite her obvious gifts and loyalty, she fell victim to Bomberg’s own particular form of misogyny. After becoming pregnant, Mann was ostracised by Bomberg who believed motherhood and the life of an artist were mutually exclusive. Although Mann continued to paint throughout her life, she rarely exhibited her work and it is extremely rare that one has the opportunity to see her painting on public display, although Sarah Rose and the Borough Road Gallery have done much to redress this in recent years. She is an interesting artist whose work sailed much closer to abstraction than any other close follower of Bomberg.

Mann was a founder member of the Borough Group in 1946, with Cliff Holden, Dorothy Mead and Peter (Miles) Richmond.