Stella Snead (1910 – 2006)

The London gallery under the ownership of ELT Mesens & Roland Penrose was the most important of all London galleries during the 1930’ to 60’s they were to introduce and develop surrealism in this country Stella Snead exhibited alongside with Magritte.  Mesen’s co-organised the London International Surrealist Exhibition.

Another visit to England during the summer, and a firm arrangement with The London Gallery, 23 Brook Street, for a solo show there in May 1950. It was the leading gallery in London, at that time, devoted to Surrealism, directed by E.L. T. Mesens, poet, long closely connected with André Breton and the Paris Surréalistes. In this exhibition much of my work done in New Mexico would be shown internationally for the first time. In the next room was to be a Homage exhibit to the well-known collageist Kurt Schwitters, who died in ’47.

Stella Snead was born on April 2, 1910, in London. It was not until she was in her mid-20's that she decided to become a painter. She studied with the French abstract painter Amédée Ozenfant, who had opened an art school in London in 1936. The English Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington was a fellow student and a close friend.
In 1939, with the outbreak of war against Germany, Ms. Snead moved to the United States. She lived mainly in New York City and Taos, N.M., for the next decade. After returning from India in 1971, she resided permanently in Manhattan. She had no immediate survivors.

In the 60's and 70's, Ms. Snead produced collages from cut-up pieces of her own photographs. Some were published in a book, "Can Drowning Be Fun? A Nonsense Book" (Pont la Vue Press, 1992). And in the late 80's, after a hiatus of more than three decades, she began painting again, making copies from photographs of old paintings that had been lost. Some are with Pascal Zoubro, Stella Snead’s New York Dealer.

Recognition also returned to her in her later years. Last year, one of her paintings from the 1940's was included in "Surrealism USA," a major survey of American Surrealists at the National Academy Museum in New York

Stella Snead

Stella Snead
Bird Sanctary

Oil on board signed and dated 1948 Exhibited at the London gallery 1950 – label on reverse – where purchased by: Mrs Hopkinson

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