Cllr Michael Williams, Nick Ainger, Philip Sutton and Heather Sutton, the artist’s wife, pictured at the official opening of the show Pictures From Crete at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.
The official opening of the show Paintings From Crete by Royal Academician Philip Sutton took place at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 7 September.
Cllr Michael Williams, Chairman of Trustees, introduced the show, calling it a “magnificent display filled with marvellous colours” before inviting Nick Ainger to officially open the exhibition.
Mr Ainger stated that this was Philip’s 84th exhibition in his 84th year before noting that Philip had exhibited all over the world since his first show in 1958. Briefly running through the varied career of the artist, Mr Ainger spoke of Philip’s work not only in producing exhibitions but also in designing posters and sets of stamps for the Royal Mail as well as the important work undertaken with Sam Wanamaker in raising interest in the new Globe Theatre.
The exhibition, filled with works from the time Philip has spent in Crete, perfectly highlighted how, in the words of Lord Snowden, he can “fill a gallery with vibrant colours” which, as stated by the critic John Russell Taylor, “welcomes you with open arms.” He concluded by thanking Philip for “raising our spirits.”