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Life and Work, published by the Royal Academy, is a uniquely in depth look at the diverse work of Philip Sutton RA and the journey he has been on with his bold palette and brush.

In this book we have a rare opportunity to see some of his early canvases- painted during his time as a student at the Slade and on his scholarships during this period. There are vibrant tropical landscapes painted during his time living in Fiji in the early 60’s.

With his woodcuts, the artist found a new way to play with shapes and there are delicate charcoal sketches, his lightly brushed watercolours.

His more recent paintings come together with earlier works in this limited edition hardback book.

Featuring in this book are written pieces by Simon Tait and John Russell Taylor.

This book comes to you directly from Philip’s private gallery in Bridport, Dorset. The artist lives and works a short distance from the town’s harbour. His gallery is located in Bridport’s lively Art and Craft Quarter.

Sutton studied at The Slade School of Fine Art in London in the 50’s and received scholarships to paint abroad. His palette stood out and as a young painter he already had his own distinct way with paint.

After a successful exhibition, he and his wife Heather decided to take their young family to Fiji and there the artist produced a series of bright tropical landscapes. They went on to live between London and Cornwall, where Philip continued to paint prolifically: landscapes aglow with light, thoughtful portraits of family and friends, joyous still lifes. His vistas of Wales where they lived for many years are just as vibrant, painting the fields in front of their house a harmony of dancing colours.

Sutton has received many commissions over the years, including a London Underground poster and a set of postage stamps for the Royal Mail. He has sold paintings to collections such as the UK Parliament and the Tate. A series of Shakespeare paintings he made in the 90’s have been on show around Britain, including at Shakespeares’s Globe Theatre in London and Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon.

The artist fills pages of sketchbooks wherever he goes, and has also created atmospheric charcoal drawings where shadow and light are gently balanced. He has worked with a ceramicist to create a series of painted ceramics and has made a collection of woodcuts in his own wondrous and distinctive way. In this book we have a chance to look at works he has produced in an array of different mediums, his delight at observing the world comes through beaming.