Alan Sutherland (1931-.) Australia

Biographical Information

Alan Sutherland was born in Bombay, India in 1931, and lived there for the first three years of his life. Shortly after his 3rd birthday his parents moved back to Edinburgh where Alan spent his early formative years being educated at Loretto School in Musselburgh. He was only thirteen when he had his first picture accepted for the Society of Scottish Artists and by the age of twenty two he had three portraits exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1952.

He specialised in portraiture and significant sitters include Quentin Crisp, Lord Cameron, Sir Conolly Abel Smith, Sir Nicholas Fairbairn QC, HRH Prince Philip: Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Alec Douglas Home, Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton, Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath, and William Maxwell "Max" Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook.

To mark the bicentenery in 1987 the New Club in Edinburgh, on recommendation from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, commissioned Alan for a portrait of their Patron His Royal Highness Prince Philip. The sittings took place in Holyrood Palace and the portrait of the Duke currently hangs in the New Club Morning Room.

Other notable works include the ceiling fresco at Invercreran House in Argyll Scotland.

He has exhibited in The Royal Academy London, the Chelsea Society, the Society of Scottish Artists, the Paris Salon, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Scottish Academy, and the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.

He lived in Wingham, in northern NSW from 1976 to 1980 and in 1978 there was an exhibition of his work at Prouds Art Gallery, Sydney. Edit or add to this biography

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Landscape Taree
Oil on board, 90 x 114 cm
Australian Traditional and Contemporary Paintings including a large selction from "The Landau Collection", Lawsons, Sydney.
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