Jilly Sutton trained at Exeter College of Art. She carves “in the round” large pieces of timber, the challenge being the plastic manipulation of the wood. Her mostly figurative work has a haunting beauty, with an over-riding feeling of peace. Her double sized head of the Poet Laureate is in the National Portrait Gallery collection. Much of her work is cast in bronze or sometimes olive-stone from her original carvings.

Jilly Sutton BA MRBS is a full-time sculptor working from her studio beside the River Dart.

For many years Jilly lived in Nigeria and drew inspiration from the art forms that flourished there, both carvings and textiles. Now her inspiration comes from an area closer to home – the ancient trees and woodland that surround her riverside home in Devon.

Her wooden sculptures are mainly figurative, but sometimes abstract. Her exhibitions with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery (22+ years) included an installation of 7 Elms inflicted by the fatal Dutch Elm Disease:- dug them up with their roots, and decorated with new interpretations linking man and tree.

Her portrait of poet Andrew Motion is part of the National Portrait Gallery`s permanent collection. She has exhibited and sold her sculptures around the world in both public and private collections.

Jilly Sutton quotes:- “Working with the unpredictable nature of wood is always hard but provides me with a constant challenge! the warmth, the surface texture and the predominantly grainy finish of the timber is all important to me. I sandblast most work to bring up the grain, adding another dimension to the carving, many are cast in bronze or other chemical composites”.

Sculptures by jilly sutton



Jilly Sutton trained as a sculptor at Exeter College of Art, writing her thesis on the history of the foliated head as depicted in art. Her father and grandfather were both nurserymen and she lives with her architect husband and family in a wooden house on the bank of the River Dart in Devon. Jilly uses felled trees and often driftwood to carve her large wooden heads and figures, sometimes sandblasting them at the local boatyard to give a grainy texture, and using lime wash pigments to finish them.

Public Acquisitions
Commissions:- Chris Beardshaw - 2016 Morgan Stanley Bank - 2016 Dartington Hall Trust - 2015 Sir Anthony Salz - 2014 Franklin Hospital Exeter - 2014 Bangkok Thailand - 2013 McAlpine Family - 2013 Goodwood Sculpture Park - 2008-2012 Wonford Hospital Exeter - 2011 Impact Foundation Bangladesh - 2011 Art at the Edge Olympics/Archaery - 2010 The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall - 2009 National Portrait Gallery, London - 2000 Wilfred Cass Foundation - 2008 Museum of Liverpool Life - 2001 Bulgari Portrait - 2005 CBBC TV - 2003 Harrison Sutton Partnership - 2002 Mary Wesley - 2001 Chelsea Flower Show - 2006 The RIBA - 2004 Lucida PILC Art Collection - 2007 P and O "Ventura" - 2007 Sky TV - 2000 BBC Radio 4 "Sitting Pretty" - 2001 Fingals Hotel - 2006 Nicholas Evans - 2007 Portsmouth Grammer School - 2005 The Prudential Art Collection - 2006 Kakitsubata, Tokyo - 2005 The Swan Centre - 1999 Hatfield House - 1999 Cornworthy Church - 1997.


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