Artist and former college principal dies aged 93

Jean Creedy
Jean Creedy

AN ARTIST and former lecturer has died at the age of 93.

Jean Creedy, who was once principal of Hastings College of Art in th 1960s, passed away at Bay House Nursing Home in Bexhill.

Family friend Ralph Berry paid tribute to her.

He said: “Jean was an artist of rare quality. Her paintings hung in the Royal Academy, and were exhibited widely in England and Sweden. Her painting style varied: in her main period she worked with thick oils, laid on with a knife, and in later years she turned to the cool watercolours that suited the calm Swedish landscapes. Although she had a talent for portraiture, never fully developed, her taste was for landscapes, and these expressed her deepest feelings. Her work as head of art history and complementary studies at Brighton College of Art was the outstanding period of her career. Under her leadership, the college staged a nationwide conference of art historians, actors, theatre critics, and prominent members of the world of advertising.”

Jean, who died on January 24, edited The Social Context of Art, published in 1968, whose contributions were very well received by the Times Literary Supplement.

Mr Berry added: “Most memorably, Jean organised a series of public lectures at the college that brought in some of the most distinguished figures of the day. Her career continued into Hastings College of Art before she retired to St Leonards. There, her life force remained much in evidence till the last, as did her gift for friendship, and she would play table-tennis every week with her friends at St Saviour’s Church.”

Her funeral is on Friday (March 7) at 11am St Ethelburga, Filsham Road, St Leonards.