RANKIN, Stella

1915 - 2009

As Stella Winifred Bartlett, she was born at Willesden, London on 7 January 1915, daughter of William Benjamin E. Bartlett (1878-1959) and his wife Mabel née Johnstone, who married at Croydon in 1913. Stella studied at St Martin's School of Art, London 1956-1958 and Goldsmiths' College of Art 1958-1961. Stella, as Stella von Noehlsen, married secondly at Woolwich in 1948 Arthur Christian Rankin (1902-1995) and painted under the name of Stella Rankin. She became a member of Free Painters and Sculptors and of the West Wales Artists’ and Designers’ Group. Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), Naum Gabo (1890-1977) and Kazmir Malevich (1879-1935) were all influences on Rankin’s work which latterly alternated between the abstract and semi-realistic with a Surrealist touch. She exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall; the London Group; Market Cross Gallery, Bury St Edmund's; Gallerie Internationale, New York; The Crypt, St-Martin-in-the-Fields and locally at Braintree, Saffron Walden, Wescliff on Sea, Halesworth Gallery, Chappel Gallery, Cinema Gallery, Aldeburgh, Mercury Gallery, Colchester and and elsewhere. She lived at 7 Constitution Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk and died on 29 January 2009.

Works by This Artist