Mead was Bomberg’s pupil from 1944 to 1951 and was co-founder of the famous Borough Group whose members included Creffield, Holden, Marr and Richmond.
Between 1956 and 1960, at the Slade, she became the torch bearer of Bomberg’s teaching and inspired many young artists – Dubsky, Procktor were among them.
Mead showed with Peter Blake, William Crozier, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Euan Uglow and other contemporary artists in the sixties and was highly thought of in England and abroad.
During the sixties and early seventies she moved gradually away from the Bombergian model and developed her highly individual, almost impressionistic style – with a wonderful palette and great composition. Beyond the surface lightness and delicacy, however, the spiritual heritage and density of Bomberg’s teaching remained with her.