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Jilly Sutton (1948-), Sculptor

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The figurative wood carvings, mainly human heads, for which Jilly Sutton has become known are characterised by their large size, their chalky white and grainy surface texture. Jilly Sutton trained as a nurse before living in Nigeria - where the Benin bronzes were to become a powerful influence. Here too she first learned indigo textile-dyeing, an art she continued to practise for many years after her return to the UK. She took a degree in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and now works from her Devon studio beside the River Dart, a constant source of inspiration. Many pieces are cast in bronze or castonite.

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Andrew Motion

by Jilly Sutton
wooden head, 2000
NPG 6543