Jilly Sutton lives and works in a tree-laden landscape on the banks of the River Dart, her studio looking out over the estuary which quietly ebbs and flows, changing gradually with the tides, seasons and years. The flotsam and jetsam of the river washing up on the shore daily. This ancient and timeless landscape contributes much to the sublime beauty of Jilly’s sculpture. She is a woodcarver, Jilly says: ‘I love the sense of life you get from a tree, it’s warmth, tactility, its long history. I love trees growing, I love the wildlife they support even as they die, and I love working with them, knowing the relationship between each different tree’s contours and where you cut in: working in the knowledge that an oak’s grain will run all over the place; or that with lime it will run straight as a die.’ She works only with trees indigenous with the UK that have been felled or have fallen. Her preferred wood is cedar or lime.
Stafford Gallery is delighted to be representing the work of Jilly Sutton.
Read more about her inspiration and work practice on the Slimpickings blog.
During her thirty year career, Jilly Sutton has featured in many important Sculpture exhibitions, notably at Dartington Hall, Exeter Cathedral, The Fine Art Society, Lady Margaret Hall Oxford, Rebecca Hossack, Lemon Street Gallery, Goodwood Sculpture Park, Hannah Pescher, Moncrieff Bray, Gallery Holly Snapp, Venice, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh. Her work is in the collections of: Sir Anthony Salz, McAlpine Family, Lucida PILC Art Collection, Prudential Art Collection, P&O Ventura, RIBA, Saga, Harrison Sutton Architects. Museum of Liverpool Life, Mary Wesley, National Portrait Gallery and the Cecil Family.