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Philip Sutton

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  • Heather's finished painting

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 108 x 139 cms

  • Overhead the endless sky Oct 2007

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 80.5 x 94 cms

  • Elaine

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 80.5 x 94 cms

  • Saskia's Flowers 2018

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 54 x 79 cms

  • Irises 2018

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 54 x 54 cms

  • Midnight Poppies 2018

    Type: oil on canvas

    Size: 44 x 44 cms


“It seems to me that wherever you look in nature everything is quite special.“

Born in 1928, and having grown 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.

After attending the Slade School of Arts where his contemporaries were Craigie Aitcheson, Michael Andrews and Euan Uglow, Sutton’s optimism, and his stylistic freedom and irrepressible use of colour swiftly attracted attention.

Asked to become a Royal Academician in 1988, Philip has developed an international following.

His work has been displayed at The Royal Academy, The Tate, The Globe, The Welsh Assembly, Kensington Palace, & The UK Parliament.


1928 Born 20 October in Poole, Dorset and brought up in Leyton, East London1942–5 Leaves school and works in the drawing office of the Norris Warming Company, Bloomsbury

1945–48 National Service at RAF Cosford, Shropshire and Berlin

1948–53 Slade School of Fine Art, London

1952 Wins Slade Summer Composition Prize

1953 Marries Heather Cooke at St Pancras Register Office, London

1953–54 Travel scholarships to Spain, France and Italy

1954–63 Teaches at Slade School of Fine Art, London

1955–58 Lives in Snape, Suffolk

1956 Elected Member of the London Group

1958 Returns to London
First solo exhibition, Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London

1959 Geffrye Museum, London

1960 Retrospective, City Art Gallery, Leeds
Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London

1962 Stone Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Lane Gallery, Bradford
57 Gallery, Edinburgh
Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London

1963 David Jones Gallery, Sydney
Gallery A, Melbourne
Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London

1963–64 Travels to Australia and Fiji
Heather makes the film Philip Sutton Working in Fiji

1965 Roland Browse and Delbanco, London

1966 Curwen Gallery, London

1967 Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
London Arts Gallery, Detroit

1969–79 Spends part of every year in Falmouth, Cornwall

1970 Park Square Gallery, Leeds
David Jones Gallery, Sydney
Art Centre, Folkstone
Arnolfini, Bristol

1971 Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
Oxford Gallery, Oxford

1972 Battersea District Library, London
Studio Prints, London
Compendium Galleries, Birmingham

1973 Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
David Jones Gallery, Sydney
Peterloo Gallery, Manchester

1974 J. P. Lehmans Gallery, London

1975 Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London

1977 Elected Associate Royal Academician
Exhibition with Robert Clatworthy and Donald Hamilton Fraser
Royal Academy of Arts, London
BBC Arena film

1979 Tours Israel with a group of British artists
Designs poster and banner for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Browse and Darby, London
Festival Gallery, Bath
Beaux Arts, Bath

1980 Travels to Australia for four months
David Jones Gallery, Sydney
Margaret Fisher Gallery, London

1981 Browse and Darby, London
Bonython Art Gallery, Adelaide

1982 Royal Academy of Arts, London
Christopher Hull Gallery, London
Browse and Darby, London
Bury St Edmunds Gallery
Contemporanea Gallerie Fur Moderns Kunst, Germany

1983 Paints watercolours in Ireland
John Brinkley Fellows Exhibition, Norwich

1984 Designs tapestry for Shell
Browse and Darby, London
Beaux Arts, Bath

1985 Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
Friends’ Room, Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Chapter House, Lichfield Cathedral
Designs logo for Investors in Industry (3i)

1986 Designs second tapestry
Designs wall of tiles for NMB Bank, Amsterdam
Cambridge Gallery, Cambridge

1987 Works on ceramics with Jean-Paul Landreau at the Fulham Pottery, London
Designs set of stamps for the Post Office
Odette Gilbert Gallery, London
Beaux Arts, Bath

1988 Elected Royal Academician
Designs ceramics for Royal Academy restaurant and shop
Travels to New Zealand
Galerie Joel Salaun, Paris

1989 Moves to Manorbier, South Pembrokeshire
Beaux Arts, Bath

1990 Works on ceramics with Jean-Paul Landreau in Wales
Paints watercolours in Italy
Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold

1992 Royal Academy of Arts, London
Agnew’s, London

1993–94 Oriel Theatre, Clwyd, Mold, Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth; Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire

1995 Tenby Museum and Art Gallery

1997 ‘My Shakespeare’, Royal Academy of Arts, London
International Shakespeare Globe Centre, London
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon
Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
Berkeley Square Gallery, London

1998 Publication of Philip Sutton RA, His Family and His Friends

1999 Berkeley Square Gallery, London

2000 Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold

2001 Piano Nobile Gallery, London

2002 Albany Gallery, Cardiff

2004 Gallery 27, London;
Gallery 11a, Leamington Spa

2005–6 Royal Academy of Arts, London;
The Art Gallery and Museum,The Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa;
National Assembly Building, Cardiff

2006 Richmond Hill Gallery, London

2007 Richmond Hill Gallery, London

2008 Publication of Philip Sutton Life and Works
Richmond Hill Gallery, London
Gallery 27, Cork St., London
Cork Street Gallery, 28 Cork St., London
Dover Street Arts Club, London

2009 Richmond Hill Gallery, London
Cork Street Gallery, 28 Cork St., London

2010 Richmond Hill Gallery, London
Cork Street Gallery, 28 Cork St., London

2011 Richmond Hill Gallery, London
Cork Street Gallery, 28 Cork St., London

2012 Richmond Hill Gallery, London

2013 Richmond Hill Gallery, London

2014 Sladers Yard, West Bay (Bridport)