Philip Sutton paints figures and landscapes. He studied at the Slade School of Art, London, from 1949 to 1953 and was awarded a French State scholarship in 1952. He had his first solo show in London in 1956 and won prizes at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1957 and 1963. In that year he went to live in the Fiji Islands for eleven months with his wife and four small children and since then he has been known for his bright colour harmonies. In the 1950s and 1960s he lived in Snape, near Aldeburgh in Suffolk, and this is where 'The Tree' was painted. 'The Tree' depicts a fruit tree with its spring blossom in the artist's garden, and it was first exhibited in 1958 under the title of 'Spring'.