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PHILIP SUTTON R.A., L.G. (born 1928)

“Flowers for Liz”

Watercolour

Signed, titled “For Liz on your Birthday” & dated 25.9.1986

16 ½” x 11 ¼” (420mm x 287mm)

Overall framed size 25 1/8” x 19 ½” (637mm x 495mm)

Framed with ultra-violet filtering low reflect glass.                                              IMAGE                      IMAGE

 

 

Philip Sutton is a painter, printmaker and teacher.  He was born in Poole, Dorset on 20th October 1928 and is the father of the artist and photographer Jake Sutton.  He was brought up in London's East End, and after leaving school at 14, worked in a drawing office for three years and did his National Service during the Berlin Airlift.  He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1948 to 1953, where he won the Summer Composition Prize, travelling to Spain, France and Italy on scholarships.  He had his first one-man show, one of many,  in 1956 at Roland, Browse and Delbanco, and in the same year was elected a Member of the London Group.  He won a special award at John Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1957 and second prize in 1963.  From 1954 to 1963 he taught at the Slade after which he travelled for a year to Australia and Fiji to paint.  The environment suited Sutton's style – direct painting in front of the object or model, using bright, clear colours.  His wife Heather made a film, Philip Sutton Working in Fiji.  A retrospective exhibition was held at Leeds City Art Gallery in 1960 and another at the Royal Academy in 1977, and in the same year  he was elected associate, rising to full Member in 1989.  This was also the year he began to paint in Pembrokeshire, and settled at Manorbier, near Tenby.  Later exhibitions included ceramics at Odette Gilbert Gallery in 1987, an Oriel Theatr Clywd touring exhibition in Wales in 1993/94 and Philip Sutton in Pembrokeshire to celebrate the opening of the new gallery at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery in 1995, paintings from Manorbier, Piano Nobile Fine Paintings 2001 and A Celebration of Colour, Gallery 27, 2004 which showed that after over 50 years he was still producing exuberantly rich canvases.  In 2005 Sutton’s bold, brilliant woodcuts made 1962-76, previously unsen in public, were displayed at the Royal Academy.  His 2006 exhibition of paintings at the Richmond Hill Gallery, Richmond had a profusely illustrated catalogue.   Sutton is a very versatile artist with works including tapestry designs made at West Dean College; a wall of tiles, commissioned by Pentagram, for DNB Bank, Amsterdam; Post Office greetings stamps; a London Transport Soho poster; and colour woodcuts on Japanese paper, working with IM Imprint.  Work by Philip Sutton is in the collections of the Tate Gallery, Birmingham Museum, the Government Art Collection, Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Alfred East Art Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery, Bradford Museum & Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The Red House Aldeburg, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art MIMA, NCL Art Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery Leeds, the Nrewhouse Art Centre, County Hall Leicester, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Sheffield Museum, The Courtauld Gallery London, the South Bank Centre, London Transport Museum, Trinity University College Carmarthen, The Ruth Borchard Collection, the Royal Academy, the National Library of Wales and Melbourne Arts Centre Australia. 

 

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