24 x 30 inches, pigment and acrylic on canvas
This is a portrait of my father, Maurice Sutton. I lost my Dad in December, 1988 (6 months after I moved to live in California), when he tragically and unexpectedly died of a heart attack. I think of him often and miss being able to talk with him, see him or just know he is there. He had a great sense of humour and an inquisitive mind (which I think I've caught from him). Creating this collage was an emotionally powerful experience. I felt a sense of responsibility to his memory, to create something worthy of him. Would I express myself in a way that would convey how deeply I love him and miss him?
Imagery included in this collage includes the following:
picture of when my Dad was a little boy (two and half years old) with his two older sisters (taken in London, 1930);
wedding picture of my Mum and Dad (London, U.K., 1954);
picture of Grandma and Grandpa Sutton (London, 1963);
author description from the back of my Dad's book 'Cancer Explained' (published in 1966);
Mum and Dad hiking (Lake District, U.K., 1973);
sketch I did of my Dad at a conference (Oxford, U.K., 1983);
the last pictures taken of my whole family together as I was leaving to come and live in the U.S. (April, 1988);
pictures of me, my Mum and my Dad in Big Sur, California (October, 1988);
picture of outer space from the Times Atlas of the World that Mum and Dad gave me after visiting me in California (Dad loved astronomy and space); and
a letter my Dad sent me on November 18th , just a month before he died.
I dedicate this page to the loving memory of my Dad.
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