GRAHAM SUTHERLAND. Kriegszeichnungen & Porträts
curated by Barbara Cortina & Lorenzo Fiorucci

28 February > 13 April 2018

Exhibition extended to 31 July 2018

Km0 is pleased to present a selection of war drawings and portraits by renowned British artist Graham Sutherland.
Graham Sutherland (1903-1980), the leading painter of the English neo-Romantic movement, became known for his imaginative images based on landscape and natural forms and for his portraits. He combined surrealistic elements with the romantic landscape tradition of English painting.
In 1940, he was appointed as full time war artist by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee. He spent his time recording the destruction of London, Cardiff and Swansea during World War II; and then followed Cornwall, with the recording of strategic production sites such as factories, limestone quarries and tin mines.
Art historian Douglas Cooper wrote in his most comprehensive monograph on the artist in 1961: “For the first time, Sutherland has broadened the spectrum of his art and changed his style. He has thus made it clear in his war drawings that the aesthetic and formalistic questions were not of primary interest to him, and that he felt close to all human experiences. The themes and objects coming from outside were no obstacle to his painterly inventive power. On the contrary: they have strengthened it”.
Graham Sutherland was born in London in 1903. He studied from 1921-26 at the Goldsmiths’ School of Art, where he specialized in etchings under Stanley Anderson and Malcolm Osborne. He turned mainly to painting in 1935 and was represented in 1936 in the International Surrealists Exhibition in London. From 1940 to 1945 he was an official war artist, and his works from that period provide a matter-of-fact and evocative record of devastation. Sutherland was also known for his expressionist, haunting portraits; His painting of the writer Somerset Maugham (1949) was the first in an impressive series. Sutherland also designed a giant tapestry (1962) for the new Coventry Cathedral. In 1960 he was elected to the Order of Merit and in 1972 he was appointed a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
He died on 17 February 1980 in London.
His works are today worldwide renowned and included in the most important Museum’s collections such as The Tate Gallery, London, British Museum, London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Albertina, Vienna, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and private collections.