Philip Sutton RA

Painting & Drawing

Born in Poole in 1928, and growing up in humble surroundings in London’s East End, Sutton left school at fourteen and briefly worked in a drawing office before completing his national service during the Berlin Airlift.

He attended the Slade School of Arts from 1948 – 53, where his contemporaries were Craigie Aitcheson, Michael Andrews and Euan Uglow. The unique and irrepressible colour and vibrance of his style, reflective of the work of Henri Matisse, swiftly attracted an attention that lasted into his eighties.  He has exhibited widely throughout the United Kingdom and 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. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1988. He has travelled widely in order to paint, but now 86, has recently  moved to live in Bridport, Dorset.

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