Stuart Sutcliffe Artwork
Born in 1940, Stuart Sutcliffe was a British artist, writer, and musician, who worked primarily in gouache, oil, collage, monoprinting, and lithography. While his career is often overshadowed by his reputation as the original bass player in an early lineup of The Beatles, Mr. Sutcliffe was a highly evolved artist in his own right, who worked in an innovative style of geometric abstraction, influenced by his postwar contemporaries, Abstract Expressionism, and early Pop art. At the time of his unexpected death at the premature age of 21, he had already developed a unique visual language that incorporated heavy impasto, raw gesturalism, and formal repetition.
Harper's Books began working closely with the Stuart Sutcliffe Estate in 2012 and currently represents his artistic oeuvre. After his work was introduced to the gallery during the August 2012 exhibition Open for the Stones, curated by Kevin Teare, Harper's Books partnered with the executrix of the Estate, Mr. Sutcliffe's sister Pauline Sutcliffe, to organize an exhibition of his work in August 2013. Curated by the artist Richard Prince, the show garnered international attention as one of the most comprehensive presentations of Mr. Sutcliffe's work in the United States during recent years. The exhibition, titled Stuart Sutcliffe: Yea Yea Yea, was accompanied by the publication of a limited-edition catalogue of the same name, which featured an essay by Mr. Prince and reproductions of Mr. Sutcliffe's work.
Harper's Books continues to offer paintings and works on paper by Mr. Sutcliffe for sale, courtesy of the Estate. Further information on current availability and pricing is available upon request.