Bill Sutton

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1917, d.2000

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The Quarry

About the artist

Sutton, William Alexander (Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1917, d.2000)

The scene depicted in this work is the Halswell Quarry located on the Port Hills to the south of Christchurch. Lying within easy reach of the city, the hills were a favourite subject for William Sutton, who painted them frequently throughout his career. One of Canterbury’s foremost artists, Sutton painted in oils but was also a skilled watercolourist. After travelling in England and Europe during 1948 and 1949, he returned with a determination to show the essential qualities of the New Zealand landscape. Born in Christchurch, Sutton studied at the Canterbury College School of Art. He was tutored by many well-known Christchurch artists, including Colin Lovell-Smith (1894-1960), Archibald Nicoll (1886-1953) and Cecil Kelly (1870-1954). Sutton began exhibiting with The Group in 1946. He taught painting at the Canterbury College School of Art from 1949 until 1979.