“I am inspired by the masterful use of color of
Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and André Derian;
by the fearless intensity of experimentation and the simplicity of line of of Pablo Picasso; by the expressive brush work of Vincent van Gogh, John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla; the strong tonal values of Rembrandt; and by the colorful joie de vivre of LeRoy Neiman.”
~ Jeremy Sutton
I work across multiple media, blending the beauty, quality and texture of analog media with the spontaneity, power and versatility of digital art tools in creating expressive contemporary portraiture.
I'm originally from London and have now made San Francisco Bay Area my home. My journey of making art started with drawing from imagination as a child which developed into a passion for drawing portraits and figures from life. I studied life drawing, sculpture and etching at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, U.K., while earning a degree in Physics from Pembroke College, Oxford University. I then studied lithography and life drawing at the Vrije Academie, The Hague, The Netherlands, before moving to the heart of Silicon Valley, California, in 1988. My first major one-man show was in 1989 at the newly opened Gordon Biersch Restaurant in Palo Alto, California. I was first introduced to using the computer as a fine art tool in 1991, and have been exploring the digital art medium ever since. Recent projects have included painting a large Heart sponsored by the San Francisco General Hospital and purchased by Visa Corporation, performing live action painting as a tableau vivant at the de Young Museum (Degas, van Gogh, Picasso and, in a few days, Matisse) and performing digital painting for the Cirque du Soleil TOTEM show in their Tapis Rouge tent in San Francisco.
For more biographical details please see my curriculum vitae.
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