philip sutton Ra, has spent More than six decades as a professional artist. he still paints and draws every day and His work is alive with colour. his subject matter varies from landscapes and flowers to portraits and nudes.
Born in Poole in 1928, the youngest of four boys Philip Sutton left school at 14 and worked for three years in a drawing office, frequently waiting for the lunch break so that he could borrow a drawing board and draw. After national service in the RAF, a grant allowed him to study at the Slade from 1948 – 53.  His contemporaries included Craigie Aitchison, Euan Uglow and Michael Andrews. Philip Sutton admired their work but it was soon apparent that he was quite unlike any of them.
Struck by the mixture of playfulness and seriousness he found in the work of Henri Matisse, an artist largely ignored at the time, Sutton established his own unique style.
In 1976 Hugh Casson invited Sutton to become an RA and his reputation began to flourish.This led to commissions including designing a tapestry for Shell, a logo for 3i, the rose logo for the Labour party and wall tiles for the restaurant in a bank in Amsterdam.
He designed stamps for the Post Office, a poster for the London Underground and even crockery for the Royal Academy restaurant. A poster for the RA Summer Exhibition led the film director Sam Wanamaker to ask Sutton to design a poster for his proposed reconstruction of the Globe Theatre.
Sutton's unbounded energy has always taken him in numerous directions, including lithography. His best and most characteristic prints are the result of cutting patterns on wood. In his most intensive printmaking years around 1970, he travelled as far afiend as Fiji, carrying with him thin wooden boards that he would gouge out an image to be printed on his return home. His use of colour in these woodcuts demonstrates him to be a true colourist and the collection of work from the 1960s-1970s transcend time, looking as fresh today as they did 50 years ago.