Graham Sutherland – A Welsh Inspiration

8 June – 8 July 2017

IAP Fine Art re-looks at the work of Graham Vivian Sutherland (1903-1980) with a powerful new exhibition of original signed prints. Sutherland was an English artist known for his works largely focused on landscape and religion. He is famous for his ‘Christ in Glory’, the world’s largest tapestry in Coventry Cathedral. During his varied career Sutherland was also renowned for his friendship with Pablo Picasso and infamously painting Winston Churchill’s portrait. Sutherland’s work is in major public collections including National Museum Wales, Manchester Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and The Fitzwilliam Museum. Sutherland first visited Pembrokeshire in 1934 and deeply inspired by the Welsh county he visited every year until the outbreak of the Second World War and his posting as an Official War Artist.  This exhibition of works ranging from £950- £10,000 are largely curated from the years following Sutherland’s return to Pembrokeshire in 1967.  This return ignited Sutherland’s creative renewal and artistic homecoming to the place he himself believed he first began to  ‘learn how to paint’. The country’s ‘exultant strangeness’ is further illustrated in Flames in a Rock Form (1975-1976) and Pyramid on Wooden Stacks (1970), which resemble the spectacular rock arches, and pillars that decorate the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.  Both these works illustrate the defiance of landscape over human endeavor- perhaps a legacy Sutherland has drawn from his pivotal years as an Official War Artist.  Such was Sutherland’s love for the Welsh landscape he bequeathed a number of his works to the county of Pembrokeshire in 1967. In 1975 The Graham Sutherland Gallery opened at Picton Castle and the majority of this collection was later transferred to National Museum Wales in 1995. This act permanently entwines Sutherland to the awe-inspiring Welsh landscape stretching from IAP Fine Art’s location on the Monmouthshire border to the Pembrokeshire coast. IAP Fine Art also holds work for sale by Chris Gollon, Maggi Hambling, Peter Howson, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. (Pictured: Flames in a Rock Form (I)’ by Graham Sutherland, signed lithograph HC XIV/XV aside from the edition of 75. £1,250 including frame). To see more of the works in the exhibition, click Sutherland works.

For details on any of the above: or 01600 772005.

IAP Fine Art, 15 Church St, Monmouth, NP25 5BX. Open Thurs – Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm or by appt. This exhibition is kindly supported by Thomas Carroll Club Signature.

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