Born: 20 October 1928
Elected: 8 December 1988
Philip Sutton studied under William Coldstream at the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1948 to 1953. He won the Summer Composition Prize and travelled to Spain, France and Italy on scholarships before returning to teach at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1954 to 1963.
Sutton’s first solo show was held at Roland, Browse and Delbanco in 1956, the year he was elected a Member of the London Group. This was followed by many solo exhibitions throughout the UK, including the Geffrye Museum, London (1959), Retrospective at Leeds City Art Gallery (1960), exhibitions in Newcastle, Bradford and Edinburgh in (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 travelled extensively in order to paint. In 1963 he went to Australia and Fiji, returning the following year with a large exhibition of tropical landscapes. In 1980 he returned to Australia to paint for four months, resulting in an exhibition of large paintings of the Great Barrier Reef which were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1982. He has also painted in Cornwall, Ireland and Crete.
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.
For me colour is all about invention, having the freedom to choose from a kaleidoscope of options rather than matching reality. I feel like a wild musician running through an orchestra, playing any instrument I wish.
Philip Sutton RA - Selected CV
Recent Solo Exhibitions
2010 Richmond Hill Gallery, London
Cork Street Gallery, London
2009 Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2007 Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2006 Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2002 Albany Gallery, London
2001 Piano Nobile Gallery, London
2000 Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
1999 Berkeley Square Gallery, London
1998 Father and Son Exhibition (toured Wales)
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Cecil Higgins Museum and Gallery, Bedford
City Art Gallery, Birmingham
City Art Gallery, Bradford
City Art Gallery, Leeds
Durban Museum and Art Gallery, South Africa
Hertford County Council
Kettering Art Gallery
Leeds Education Committee
Leicester City Art Gallery
Lincoln Art Committee
London Stock Exchange
Manchester City Art Gallery
Ministry of Works, London
National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Perth Art Gallery, Western Australia
Tate Britain, London