Who was Graham Sutherland?
Graham Sutherland was a Twentieth Century artist
principally famous for his portraits and his giant tapestry in Coventry
Date and Place of Birth:
24th August 1903, London, England.
Sutherland was the son of a lawyer and civil
Goldsmiths' College of Art, London.
Chronology/Biography of Graham Sutherland:
became a Catholic.
1930: The print
market in Great Britain in which he had plied his trade collapsed
due to the recession and Sutherland began painting.
was profoundly affected by the landscape of Pembrokeshire in Wales.
1936: He exhibited
some landscapes in the International Surrealist Exhibition in London.
moved to the White House in Kent.
was appointed an official War Artist. He principally worked on the
home front painting and drawing the mines and urban bomb damage.
1944: The vicar
of St Matthew's in Northampton, Walter Hussey, commissioned him
to paint "The Crucifixion" for the church.
1946: St Matthew's
Church, "Crucifixion" completed.
1947: His work became
inspired by his visits to the South of France.
painted a portrait of William Somerset Maugham.
1952: He exhibited
in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with other artists
such as Edward Wadsworth.
1954: The controversial
portrait of Winston Churchill is painted.
(Later to be destroyed by Churchill's wife after his death).
purchased a villa in Menton in the South of France.
1962: The large
tapestry "Christ in Glory" was completed for the new Coventry
Cathedral designed by the Architect Basil Spence.
1967: Returned again
to Wales and was to work there many times again before his death.
1927 to Kathleen Barry.
Date and Place of Death:
17th February 1980, London, England.
Age at Death:
Site of Grave:
Churchyard at Trottiscliffe, Kent after a private
service at a Roman Catholic Seminary in West Malling.
Places of Interest:
Coventry Cathedral (Tapestry behind Altar)
Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall
City Art Gallery, Southampton
Bolton Art Gallery
Art Gallery, Bury
City Art Gallery, Manchester
Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon
National Portrait Gallery
Pallant House, Chichester
Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon
Ory Art Gallery, Leeds.
Graham Sutherland Gallery, Penrhyn Castle, Bangor
School of Art Gallery and Museum, Aberystwyth.