Sutherland was an English artist who is notable for his work in glass, fabrics, prints and portraits, his work largely inspired by landscape and religion. Printmaking, mostly of romantic landscapes, dominated Sutherland’s work during the 1920s, developing his skill in watercolors before switching to oil paints in the 1940s. It was these oil paintings, often of surreal, organic landscapes of the Pembrokeshire coast, that secured his reputation as a leading British modern artist. Sutherland taught at a number of art colleges, notably at Chelsea School of Art and at Goldsmiths College, where he had been a student. He served as an official war artist in the Second World War drawing industrial scenes on the British home front. As such, Sutherland was then commissioned to design the massive central tapestry in the new Coventry Cathedral in post-war Britain.