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Graham Sutherland exhibition comes to Pembrokeshire

Graham Sutherland exhibition comes to Pembrokeshire

Graham Sutherland exhibition comes to Pembrokeshire

Artist Graham Sutherland (1903 – 1980) has been celebrated as the ‘outstanding painter of his generation’ and is a major figure in twentieth century British art.

A selection of his work, as well as archival objects from the Sutherland collection which is housed at Amgueddfa Cymru, the National Museum of Wales, is to be put on show in a new exhibition.

Graham Sutherland at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, is running from the 1at April-1st July 2012, and will make a great UK day out for the whole family.

The exhibition shows both the breadth of material in the collection and archive from Amgueddfa Cymru and suggests connections between objects and art and between the people and places that shaped Sutherland’s career. This exhibition is well worth an afternoon of anyone’s time and will make a great UK day out as part of your holiday in Wales.

Initially inspired by the English Romantic tradition, Sutherland developed a personal approach to nature which increasingly drew on modern European art. The places in which Sutherland worked had a profound influence on his work: from the rural landscape of Kent to the hills and valleys of west Wales and the heat and light of the French Riviera. Sutherland wanted to leave a collection of art to Wales because he felt ‘having gained so much from this country, I should like to give something back’.

Bryony Dawkes, Partnerships Projects Curator, Amgueddfa Cymru, said, “Many of Sutherland’s best known works are inspired by the wild coastline of Pembrokeshire. This exhibition celebrates both Sutherland’s work and this inspirational landscape, so we hope that visitors to Oriel y Parc will enjoy these wonderful works from Amgueddfa Cymru’s collection, in the place that was so vital to his creativity.”

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chairman Cllr Tony Brinsden said: “The award-winning Gallery at Oriel y Parc was originally created to house a Graham Sutherland collection bequeathed to the people of Pembrokeshire, so we are absolutely delighted to showcase this exhibition from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

“I’m fond of the Sutherland quote: ‘All in all, I look on the hidden places where I work as a marvellous playground’. We’re proud that the National Park is working towards conserving the Pembrokeshire landscape that so inspired him.”

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