Graham Sutherland

Graham Sutherland was a British painter of imaginary landscapes, still life, figure pieces and portraits. Born in London in 1903, Sutherland studied art at Goldsmiths' College School of Art from 1920-25, where he specialized in etching and engraving. His early work was influenced by Peter Blake, Paul Nash and Henry Moore. From drawing and engraving, Sutherland moved into experimenting with oil paint in the 1930s, and later participated in the Surrealist exhibition in London in 1936. Sutherland was an official war artist from 1941-44, and subsequently taught at Goldsmiths for a short time. He has had important retrospectives at the ICA, London (1951); the Venice Biennale and the Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris (1952); the Tate Gallery (1953), and at the Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil (1955). Sutherland was awarded the Order of Merit in 1960.