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The Artist Sees Differently: Blair Sutton

July 26, 2011

Blair Sutton, Museum Assistant

Blair Sutton. Photo: Rick Sutton

How did you learn about the Phillips?

I visited the The Phillips Collection on a field trip about four years ago while attending Sweet Briar College (Sweet Briar, Virginia).

Do you feel you are inspired by the Phillips art?

Yes, I am inspired by Gene Davis, Nicolas de Staël, and the intricate colors that Pierre Bonnard used in his works.

Do you listen to anything as you paint?

I listen to a wide variety of music – anything from Van Morrison, Katy Perry, Fats Domino to Diana Ross & The Supremes.

Who’s your favorite artist in the collection?

I would have to say my favorite artist in the collection is Vincent van Gogh.

Do you collect other artwork – or anything?

Yes, I do collect other artwork. I am lucky to own an original Theresa Pollak ink on paper and a Charles Sibley painting on canvas.

And do you have a favorite Marjorie Phillips painting?

The night scene at the baseball stadium, Night Baseball.

Blair Sutton

Blair Sutton, Efflorescence, 2010. Acrylic on panel, 24 x 24 in.

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