by Brian Thompson November 04, 2011
'A sensitive and subtle painter'
- Puala Rego.
After service in the navy during and just after the war Keith Suttonis' four years at the Slade School (1948-52) were spent in company with other now well known names from that period including Michael Andrews, Euan Uglow, and Victor Willing. he remained through life a close family friend of Willing and his wife Paula Rego.
Teaching and art criticism had to be his main support but he always drew and painted. His early work, mainly landscape and other scenes of nature, became more abstracted by the time of his first one-man show in 1958 and became fully abstract with the collages that followed and were shown at the Hanover Gallery in 1962. Thereafter these softened somewhat and became more decorative and by the later sixties, during a productive period teaching at Stourbridge College of Aft he painted so-called emotifi paintings in acrylics, mostly of formalised still-lifes. His last, most imaginative phase from the end of the seventies, yielded a group of complex carefully worked out compositions, some suggestive of eheadsi filled with ideas and images.
Field Day, 1970, acrylic on canvas.