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Jilly Sutton BA, MRBS

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Sculptor Jilly Sutton BA, MRBS
Jilly Sutton

About Jilly Sutton

Jilly Sutton trained at Exeter College of Art. She carves "in the round" large pieces of timber, the challenge being the plastic manipulation of the wood. Her mostly figurative work has a haunting beauty, with an over-riding feeling of peace. Her double sized head of the Poet Laureate is in the National Portrait Gallery collection. Much of her work is cast in bronze or sometimes Olive-stone from her original carvings.

Exhibition History of Jilly Sutton

One Man Exhibitions
The Fine Art Society London - 2012
Beaux Arts Gallery Bath - 2012
The Medici Gallery Cork St London - 2012
Lady Margeret Hall, Oxford - 2010
Rebecca Hossack - 1998 and 2000 and 2002 and 2009
Galrie Het Vifde Huis, Antwerp - 2006
Gallery Holly Snapp, Venice - 2005 and 2006
Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh - 2001 and 2002
Andras Kaldor Gallery - 1993
Space NK - 1994
Simon Drew Gallery - 1996
Castle Street - 1984
Coombe Gallery - 1987
Dartington Hall Gallery - 1994

Group Shows
BeauxArt Gallery, Bath - 2010
Goodwood Sculpture Park - 2008 and 2009
Hannah Pescher Sculpture Garden 2008 and 2009
Moncrieff Bray Gallery - 2008 and 2009
RBS Dora House, London - 2007
RCA 20/21 Annually
Chelsea Flower Show - 2006
London Art Fair - Annually
Art London - Annually
Coombe Gallery - Annually
Sausmarez Manor - Annually
South West Sculptors - 2003 and 2005
Commonwealth Institute - 2002 and 2003
Delamore Sculpture Garden - 2003 and 2009
SPS Exhibition - 2002
Simon Drew Gallery - 1995 and 2003
Stonelane Gardens - 1992
Exeter College of Art and Design 1990/91/92/92/94
John Gilo Gallery - 1994/95/96/97
Coombe Gallery - 1992/93/94/95/96/97
Simon Drew Gallery - 1995/96/97
Kilvert Gallery - 1995
Salt House Gallery - 1995
Leicester City Gallery - 1995
Robarts Gallery - 1995
Walton Contemporary Art - 1996/97
Exeter City Museum and Art Gallery - 1996
Plymouth Arts Centre - 1997
Art 97 - 1997
Art 98 - 1998
Twin Images Fine art Society - 1998.

Biography / CV of Jilly Sutton

Jilly Sutton trained as a sculptor at Exeter College of Art, writing her thesis on the history of the foliated head as depicted in art. Her father and grandfather were both nurserymen and she lives with her architect husband and family in a wooden house on the bank of the River Dart in Devon. Jilly uses felled trees and often driftwood to carve her large wooden heads and figures, sometimes sandblasting them at the local boatyard to give a grainy texture, and using lime wash pigments to finish them.

Artist Statement of Jilly Sutton

Jilly Sutton BA MRBS is a full-time sculptor working from her studio beside the River Dart.

For many years Jilly lived in Nigeria and drew inspiration from the art forms that flourished there, both carvings and textiles. Now her inspiration comes from an area closer to home - the ancient trees and woodland that surround her riverside home in Devon.

Her wooden sculptures are mainly figurative, but sometimes abstract. Her exhibitions with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery (22+ years) included an installation of 7 Elms inflicted by the fatal Dutch Elm Disease:- dug them up with their roots, and decorated with new interpretations linking man and tree.

Her portrait of poet Andrew Motion is part of the National Portrait Gallery`s permanent collection. She has exhibited and sold her sculptures around the world in both public and private collections.

Jilly Sutton quotes:- "Working with the unpredictable nature of wood is always hard but provides me with a constant challenge! the warmth, the surface texture and the predominantly grainy finish of the timber is all important to me. I sandblast most work to bring up the grain, adding another dimension to the carving, many are cast in bronze or other chemical composites".

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Jilly Sutton

Dartinton Hall Trust - 2015
Sir Anthony Salz - 2014
Franklin Hospital Exeter - 2014
Bangkok Thailand - 2013
McAlpine Family - 2013
Goodwood Sculpture Park - 2008-2012
Wonford Hospital Exeter - 2011
Impact Foundation Bangladesh - 2011
Art at the Edge Olympics/Archaery - 2010
The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall - 2009
National Portrait Gallery, London - 2000
Wilfred Cass Foundation - 2008
Museum of Liverpool Life - 2001
Bulgari Portrait - 2005
CBBC TV - 2003
Harrison Sutton Partnership - 2002
Mary Wesley - 2001
Chelsea Flower Show - 2006
The RIBA - 2004
Lucida PILC Art Collection - 2007
P and O "Ventura" - 2007
Sky TV - 2000
BBC Radio 4 "Sitting Pretty" - 2001
Fingals Hotel - 2006
Nicholas Evans - 2007
Portsmouth Grammer School - 2005
The Prudential Art Collection - 2006
Kakitsubata, Tokyo - 2005
The Swan Centre - 1999
Hatfield House - 1999
Cornworthy Church - 1997.

Qualifications / Education of Jilly Sutton

BA, Exeter College of Art and Design

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Jilly Sutton

BBC News South West - 2012
Devon Artist Olympic Archery Eye - 2012
BBC Radio Devon - 2012
BBC Spotlight - 2011
Book: Modern British Sculpture - 2004
CBBC T.V. (Smart) - 2003
BBC Radio 4 "Sitting Pretty" - 2001
Sky TV (Arts Hour) - 2000.

Price Range of Work

Jilly Sutton's work has a price range from £1,600 to £32,000

Mediums utilised

Jilly Sutton's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Jilly Sutton's work is found in the following categories on site:
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue (18)
Stylised Heads / Busts Sculptures (15)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (13)
Portrait Sculptures / Commission or Bespoke or Customised Sculptures (10)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (9)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (7)
Mask, Wall Hung Faces and Part Heads (5)
Green Man (and Green Woman)Faces, Busts, Heads, Torsos (5)
Human Figurative Sculptures (5)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (4)
Carved Wood Sculptures (3)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (3)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (2)
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures (2)
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues (2)
Outsize, Very Big, Extra Large and Massive Sculptures (2)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (2)
Contemplative, Restful, Thougtful Sculptures (2)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures
Stylized People Sculptures
Mythical Sculptures
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues
Flamboyant Colourful Exuberant Exotic Gaudy Gorgeous Decorative Vivid Brightly Coloured Spectacular Sculptures
Wild Bird Sculptures
Birds Abstract Contemporary Stylised l Minimalist Sculpture / Statues
Anatomy, Hands and Feet and other human parts of the body Sculptures
Aspirational / Inspirational Sculptures or Statues
Literary and Musical Characters Sculptures
Fantasy sculpture or Statue
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue
Meditation sculpture / Statues / statuettes / figurines
Partial Animal Sculptures Fragment or Part or Incomplete Statues statuettes

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Jilly Sutton's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2017 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2016 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2015 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2014 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2013 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2012 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2011 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2010 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2009 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2008 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2007 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2006 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2005 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2004 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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