SUTTON, Wilfred C.

1917 - 2012

Wilf Sutton

Born at Lowestoft in 1917, the eldest son of Frederick George Sutton (born 13 May 1874), a fishing skipper, and his wife Christina née Pitchers (born 11 October 1875), who married at Lowestoft in 1895 and in 1939 were living at 23 White Horse Street, Lowestoft. Educated at Church Road School, Lowestoft leaving in 1931 to an apprenticeship at the Eastern Coach Works in Lowestoft. Whilst at school he had drawing classes on Friday afternoons when introduced to drawing the human form. He married at Lowestoft in 1939 Edna May Seago (1917-1993) when living at 151 Long Road, Lowestoft. During the Second World War Wilfred joined the Royal Air Force when he took a commercial art course at RAF West Raynham, Norfolk where he studied oils, watercolours and latterly acrylics. After the war he completed his ten year apprenticeship at the coach works but he continued with his art studies and in the 1950’s did hundreds of cartoons for the works magazine during which time he met another works employee Peter Lee, who had studied History of Art before the war, who did the cover of the magazine. In 1960 they started the Lowestoft Art Group and at the 1st Exhibition he exhibited 'Hayrick, Mobbs Farm', 'Gale off Corton Roads', and 'Marshes, Beccles'. ‘Punch’ magazine accepted one of his works for their publication but he gave up his Commercial Art course but continued painting studying life-drawing and painting at Lowestoft College and at the Regent Road Art School and in 1999 won the award for the best painting in the Joint Services Command Art Exhibition at the Staff College at Bracknell. He painted in acrylic, watercolour, oil and line wash and has exhibited at the Lowestoft Art Group, the Amateur International Exhibition, London and had further Exhibitions in East Anglia his last exhibition was at the Ferini Gallery in Lowestoft in 2005. He died at Lowestoft in 2012.





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