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Graham Sutherland
Dates: British, 1903 - 1980
Biographical Account:

The painter and printmaker Graham Vivian Sutherland was born in London on 14th August 1903.


Sutherland had developed a talent for drawing as a young boy, during an unhappy childhood. In 1921 he went to Goldsmiths’ College of Art in London, where he specialised in etching.


After the market for etchings collapsed in the 1930s he turned to painting in Pembrokeshire, Wales. He became fascinated with objects that showed the principals of organic growth, he would often isolate the objects from their surroundings, giving them a more mysterious and threatening presence.


Regular visits to France in the 1940s led to a change in his work. He started to use Mediterranean motifs and brighter colours to capture the glow of the light. In 1967 he returned to the Pembrokeshire landscape which he still found fascinating and produced some of his largest works.


Sutherland also had a successful parallel career as portrait painter, painting important figures such as Sir Winston Churchill.


He died in hospital in February 1980.

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