Born in Poole, Dorset, Philip Sutton moved to London to study at the Slade School of Art (1948-53), where he was taught by William Coldstream and won the Summer Composition Prize (1952). Following this he received scholarships to travel to Spain, France and Italy before he returned to teach at the Slade (1954-1963). Sutton has travelled widely to Australia, Figi, Crete, Ireland and Cornwall to paint.
In 1956, Sutton had his first solo show at Roland, Browse and Delbanco. He has since had exhibitions at the Geoffrye Museum, London (1959), ‘Retrospective’ at Leeds City Art Gallery (1960), exhibitions in Newcastle, Bradford and Edinburgh in (1961) and at the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield (1971).
He won a special award at The John Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1957 and second prize in the same exhibition in 1963. Sutton was elected a member of The London Group in 1956 and became a Royal Academician in 1988.
Ben Uri Art Diary, 2007