Born in 1928, and having grown up in humble surroundings in London’s East End, Sutton left school at fourteen and briefly worked in a drawing office before completing his national service during the Berlin Airlift. After attending the Slade School of Arts where his contemporaries were Craigie Aitcheson, Michael Andrews and Euan Uglow, Sutton’s optimism, and his stylistic freedom and irrepressible use of colour swiftly attracted attention. Asked to become a Royal Academician in 1988, Philip has developed an international following. His work has been displayed at The Royal Academy, The Tate, The Globe, The Welsh Assembly, Kensington Palace, & The UK Parliament. He has had exhibitions in London, Paris, Sydney, and Chicago.