It is unarguable that Graham Sutherland OM was the leading British Romantic painter of the 20th century.
He was educated at Epsom College, Surrey and Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He also worked as an engineer at the Midland Railway Works at Derby.
The early influences on his work were, of course, William Blake (1757-1827), Palmer and Calvert.
Most of his early works were etchings and engravings.
In 1926, he became a Catholic. From his early 30s, he started painting. These pieces were usually of Welsh landscapes.
In the 1930s, he took up glass design, fabric design and poster design.
From 1941 he was an official artist in World War II. After the war his paintings became more religious and he took on commissions for churches and cathedrals in London, Coventry and Northampton.
Much of his later years were spent on portrait-painting which he was very successful at. However, it is one of these portraits which didn't go down well whih he is most famous for. In 1954, Parliament commissioned him to paint a href="graham_sutherland_gallery_2.jpg" target="_blank">Sir Winston Churchill. Presented to the sitter, this was despised by Lady Churchill and destroyed on her orders of after her husband's death.
- 1903: Born August 24 in Streatham, south London
- 1921-1926: Studied engraving at Goldsmiths College
- 1926: Converted to Catholicism
- 1927: Married Kathleen Barry
- 1934: Visited Pembrokeshire
- 1936: Exhibited at International Surrealist Exhibition in London
- 1941: employed as an official artist in World War II. Part of War Artists' Scheme
- 1946: Produced Crucifixion for St. Matthew's Church, Northampton
- 1949: Produced Somerset Maugham portrait
- 1949: Produced Beaverbrook portrait
- 1955: Purchased a villa in Menton, the south of France
- 1949: Produced Helena Rubinstein portrait
- 1954: Produced infamous Churchill portrait
- 1962: Produced the tapestry Christ in Glory (his largest religious work) for Coventry Cathedral
- 1963: Produced Crucifixion for St. Aidan's, East Acton, London
- 1980: Died February 17
- 1982: Major retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London
- 1998: Retrospective in France
- 1982: Retrospective at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
- Picton Castle, Dyfed, Wales (Sutherland Gallery)
- London (NPG, Tate, Imperial War Mus.)
- Nebraska Univ.
- New York (M of MA)
- Paris Mus. d'Art Mod.)
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