Ben Uri collection

Heather's Flowers

Artist information

Name Philip Sutton RA (1928-)

Born Dorset, England

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Philip Sutton was born in Poole, Dorset, but grew up in Leyton in East London. He left school at fourteen and worked in a drawing office before carrying out three years national service during which he was involved with the Berlin Airlift. He used his ex-serviceman's grant to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1949, where he was taught by William Coldstream and went on to win the Summer Composition Prize (1952). He subsequently received scholarships to travel to Spain, France and Italy before he returned to teach at the Slade (1954-1963). He has travelled widely to Australia, Fiji, Crete, Ireland and Cornwall in order to paint. In 1956, Sutton had his first solo show at the emigre art dealers Roland, Browse and Delbanco, to whom he was introduced by William Coldstream, and where he subsequently showed frequently in the 1960s and 1970s. He has since had exhibitions at the Geffrye Museum, London (1959), Leeds City Art Gallery (1960), in Newcastle, Bradford and Edinburgh (1961), and at the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield (1971).

In 1977 the BBC Arena Programme made a film about his work and a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. His first exhibition in Paris was held at Galerie Joel Salaun in 1988. Sutton has received several commissions, including the design for two tapestries at West Dean College in 1984 and 1986, a London Transport Soho Poster, and a set of new stamps for the Post Office in 1987. In 1986 he became involved in painting ceramics and was commissioned by Pentagram to paint a wall of tiles at the Art Tile Factory, Stoke-on-Trent. An exhibition of his painted ceramics was held at Odette Gilbert Gallery, London in 1987. In 1995 he began work on a series of paintings on William Shakespeare which continued for three years. Sutton was elected a Royal Academician in 1988 and lives and works in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Object Details

Date 1985

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 75 x 75 cm

Framed 94 x 94 cm

Signed (verso): 'Philip Sutton'

Acquisition presented by the Joan Hurst Collection 2009 through the good offices of the Art Fund

Accession number 2009-30

Display status not on display

Philip Sutton, RA, is celebrated for his large colourful paintings of landscape and flowers and boldly characterised portraits.


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