The emptiness that Sutherland paints, for example in Dark Hill - Landscape with Hedges and Fields, is also displayed through pastoral landscapes with groups of items clustered together for company yet conveying a sense of loneliness. The collection is stronger for the filter George Shaw applies to this selection. From the centre of the studio the fine details in each work glue together to create an overwhelming whole. This organic whole is forged in the mind from joining the several motifs on display. This is similarly true to the work of George Shaw, particularly his Tile Hill paintings.
Sutherland is also known for painting Winston Churchill’s portrait, reputedly displaying the hero in an image less dynamic than the premier would have preferred. The bravery with which Sutherland strips back imagery to reveal painful but dainty truth resonates through every piece of work in this major retrospective. Sutherland’s style is neo-romantic and abstract - in landscapes that show the influence of Turner. This is Sutherland’s starting point and much more detailed and intimate truth is achieved through each composition. Sutherland left, no doubt, an Unfinished World and it is encouraging to see today’s young brave artists such as Shaw move forward with the same integrity as Sutherland through this genre of painting the world as it is, not as we would have it be.