Graham Sutherland

English artist (1903-1980)

Graham Vivian Sutherland (24 August 190317 February 1980) was an English artist, who focused on the inherent strangeness of natural forms, and abstracting them, sometimes giving his work a surrealist appearance. He also painted many portraits. Winston Churchill hated his so much that he destroyed it.


  • The kind of thing which I collect I can always carry back with me to the studio and study at leisure. I am fascinated by the whole problem of the tensions produced by the power of growth.
    • Quoted in Noël Barber, Pierre Jeannerat de Beerski, "Conversations with Painters" (1964), p. 45

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