Painting with photography: Sutton takes creative license

Painting with photography: Sutton takes creative license

“Sunken Boat” is an image from Johnny Sutton's exhibition of photos from Venice, Italy, on display at Reuben Saunders Gallery at Artworks, 7724 E. Central.

Artist Johnny Sutton spends most of his time abroad, living in a picturesque Italian town called Bassano del Grappa where he writes about, paints and photographs the world around him.

"I approach photography with a painter's eye, starting with a blank canvas and then creating anything I wish," Sutton said. "I don't document subjects or locations, and I don't try to capture a moment in time. Rather, I try to create a moment in time for the viewer."

His current show at Reuben Saunders Gallery is the only one scheduled in Kansas for this year and offers a unique glimpse of his painterly photographic renderings.

Included are Sutton's latest nearly seven-foot-long photographs, where each detailed scene is a composite of 30 some images taken over the span of three years across Italy, Ireland, Turkey and Croatia. His images include both recognizable scenes left relatively uninterrupted by the artist, and fully abstracted, non-objective creations of digital collage and painterly effect.

Works are on display during regular gallery hours through April 18.