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Johnny Sutton

For Johnny Sutton, art is a lifestyle. “It’s been very instinctual to me,” he said. “I don’t think art is necessary for me to be happy, but I’m just driven to do it. I keep coming back to it, and I don’t know why.” His pieces have frequented Wichita galleries and exhibitions for nearly 50 years. Between drawing, painting, sculpting, writing and photographing, Sutton is somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to art. Within just the past two years, though, Sutton’s photography has garnered a remarkable amount of international attention. Just last month, one of his photos was accepted into the Pantheon Museum collection, where it will be put on display later this year. When asked to describe looking back on his artistic career, Sutton said his recent success feels a little more like serendipity. “To begin with, I never thought of myself as having a career,” he laughed.

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