Graham Sutherland O.M.(1903-1980)
Sutherland, described as the most celebrated artist of a generation, was born in London in 1903 and he studied at Goldsmiths 1920-5, specialising in engraving and etching. Early influences were Turner, Paul Nash and Henry Moore. He held his first exhibition in London in 1925 and became a Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers 1926–33. He taught at the Chelsea School of Art from 1926 to 1940. He exhibited with the London Group from 1932 and after moving to Wales in 1935 he became a painter. He participated in the International Surrealist Exhibition in London 1936 and in 1941 was made an Official War Artist. He held his first New York exhibition in 1946 and taught painting at Goldsmiths’ College as a visiting instructor 1946–7. Awarded the O.M. 1960.