Donald Sutherland is one of the very finest painters in the UK today; the precise attention to detail he displays in his work is nothing short of brilliance. Personal poetry may be mixed with wise words from the Koran or religious icons may sit aside landscape views or family memories. Sutherland's Scottish Highland roots mix eclectically with his reflections of travel to places such as Istanbul, Hong Kong and India - the evidence of which you can see for yourself in the multi cultural aspects of his work. Every painting tells a story but Sutherland is keen that you become part of that story weaving your own intertextuality into.
Donald Sutherland's study at the Glasgow School of Art has been enhanced by the school of life itself as he closely observes and portrays the world's subtler beauties for all to behold and reconsider what you see before you.
'I am always amazed at how much richness and content there is in apparently simple objects, it's as if the universe only gives up its richness not when we afford it just a quick glance but when we can really 'look' at it. It's as if I'm being educated about time, the cyclic nature of things, my relationship with everything around me, myself'
The results of this in Sutherland's painting are an absolute breath of fresh air. Anyone lucky enough to witness this artist's work can not only feel inspired but feel something as simple as lucky to be alive and part of this world's 'simple' earthly treasures.
Donald Sutherland works across a range of materials and mediums: oils, pastels, watercolours, 24ct gold leaf and has dabbled with printmaking. His work has been exhibited and sold worldwide.
Sutherland's work reflects his fascination with the apparent interconnectedness of seemingly disparate and incongruous elements of various cultures, their languages, religions, philosophies and the arts.