Artist producing abstract and figurative work, born in Hungary, also known as Magda Cordell. She had moved to London after World War II and by the mid-1950s was established as an exhibiting painter. After being the wife of the musical director of EMI, Frank Cordell, she married the artist John McHale. She was the only non-British member of the Independent Group, which met at the ICA in the 1950s and created the key This is Tomorrow exhibition at Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1956 with its American Pop Art dimension. Magda Cordell McHale’s work, which included large grid paintings, prints, collages and sculpture and was to take various directions over the years, brought a continental perspective to Britain and was noted by critics for its physical, sensuous, aggressive and primitivist qualities.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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