1967-70 Winchester School of Art. Double prize-winning graduate.
1970-71 Lived in Belgium where, because of her obvious talent, Linda was given a free studio at the Antwerp Academy and where Queen Fabiola of Belgium bought one of her paintings.
1971-74 Royal College of Art, London. Her teachers there included Sir Robert de Grey PPRA and Carel Weight RA, both of whom bought Linda’s paintings for their own collections. Other teachers and admirers at this time were Peter Blake RA, Robert Buhler RA and Ruskin Spear RA.
‘Linda Sutton and I share in common two mentors, Sir Roger de Grey and Carel Weight. Alas! They are no longer with us but the friendship and encouragement we encountered, be it at different times at the Royal College of Art and for many years after, remain with us to this day.
The embryonic artist sets out on a journey of the imagination and along the way confronts, even within the inner sanctum of the art world, obstacles and deterrents erected by the conventionalists who appear at every other turning. In time one learns to by-pass them and take one’s own road. Linda, rather in the manner of the eponymous heroine, set off from the start along the individualist trail. She was well armed with a sharp vision, a quiver full of barbed questions and a golden seine net that she threw with vivacious confidence at any plump dream attempting to escape.’
Mick Rooney RA
‘Her paintings which have been regularly on show at the Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition have delighted with their wit. Her crowded paintings are colourful, contemporary, figurative and narrative work, enriched by an understanding of the conscious displacements of scale and perspective – illusionist teasing – which is the legacy of the freedom now possible in paintings with the advent of modernism and abstract idioms.’
Marina Vaizey in the ‘The Sunday Times’
Double Painting Prize, Winchester Art School(1968), 100ft mural commissioned by the Royal College of Art (1972), Painting Prize, Royal College of Art (1973), Prize winner, each year GLC ‘Spirit of London’, Royal Festival Hall (1979/80/81), First Prize, Contemporary Arts Society, RAC Club, London (1981), Prize winner, National Portrait Gallery, London (1982), Prize winner, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (1987)
Selected solo exhibitions:
Galerij de Zwarte Panter, Antwerp (1971), L’Agrifoglio, Milan (1975), Royal Festival Hall, London (1984), Beaux Arts, Bath (1988), Austin/Desmond Fine Art, Bloomsbury (1989)
Chelsea Arts Club, London (1990/96/99 twice), Lamont Gallery, London (1993), John Bloxham Fine Art, London (1996), United Arts Club, Dublin (2000)
Selected group exhibitions:
Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions (1972-2006 continuous), National Portrait Gallery, London (1982), LeFevre Gallery, London (1988), Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold (1992-2006 continuous), Royal Museum and Art Gallery, Canterbury (1993-94), Albermarle Gallery, London (1996/97), Discerning Eye (2003)
Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Tate Gallery (Chantry Bequest), Royal Academy of Arts, Sainsbury Collection, Sir Roger de Grey PPRA, Longleat, Carel Weight CH CBE RA