Graham Sutherland

1903 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Graham Sutherland is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Graham Sutherland was born in 1903. Also born in the United Kingdom around 1903 and of the same generation are Barbara Hepworth, John Piper, Eric Ravilious, Rex Whistler, Edward Burra, and Francis Bacon.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Graham Sutherland is represented and exhibited by multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom and Italy. Some of those galleries are Alan Wheatley Art and Crane Kalman Gallery in London, and Galleria d'Arte Maggiore G.A.M. in Bologna. Graham Sutherland most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Austin / Desmond Fine Art in London with the exhibition Land Matters. The exhibition was open from 19 November 2019 until 23 January 2020. Graham Sutherland's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Lasting Impressions, British prints from the 19th and 20th century, which took place at The Fine Art Society in London, the United Kingdom (30 October 2017 - 21 November 2017).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant degree eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically significant British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Graham Sutherland

Born in 1903, Graham Sutherland's creative work was largely inspired by the 1920s. The notable innovations established in the early years of the 20th century were matured further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period began the careers of many radical and inspiring practitioners in the pictorial arts. However it was a period of reflection following the horrors of the First World War, and significant shifts in politics took place internationally. The philosophy of Marxism was widespread among artist communities and groups. Established in 1919, the Bauhaus became a vital place for the development of ideas surrounding the unification of art, craft and design – an idea which became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk.

Graham Sutherland

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