Roberta Pyx Sutherland is a Canadian artist based in Victoria and on Hornby Island. From her first solo exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery in the 1980’s her work has focused on the relationships of cosmic patterning, divine intelligence, the environment and the interconnectivity of all life forms.
A prolific artist, Sutherland uses a wide range of media in her work including paints, pigments, natural dyes and inks, photography and handmade papers. She also creates site-specific installations, the most well-known an Andy Warhol tribute for the Hornby Island Arts Council, one of the world’s largest Tomato Soup Cans. Most recently Sutherland created a Lenten installation for the Chapel Gallery of Victoria’s St. Matthias Anglican Church.
She received her BFA (hon) from the University of Victoria and continues her research attending residences at the Bau Institute and Studio Ginestrelle in Italy and at Canada’s Caetani House and the Banff Centre. Sutherland has also trained in Shambhala Art instruction, studied Ikebana with the Ohara School, printmaking at the University of Sheffield, UK, worked for Oxfam in East Africa where she initiated a school of ceramics, studied Zen and calligraphy in Japan and mandala painting in Nepal.
Sutherland’s teachers and mentors include Jack Shadbolt, Pat Martin Bates, Jack Wise, Paula Iacucci and Masafumi Yamamoto. She herself has taught at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, as well as mentored their artist in residence program.
Sutherland has exhibited in Canada, Mexico, Europe and the US. Her work is represented in a number of public collections including the Canada Council for the Arts, Burnaby Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Toronto Public Library, University of British Columbia, Concordia University Library, and the Bibliothèque de Genève. She is one of 50 artists featured in Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast. Publications such as Lions Roar, Culturium, the Uncertainty Club and Shambhala Sun regularly include her work in their pages
For many years she has been represented by Editart Gallery in Geneva.