Rod Sutterby

Published Sep 5th 2006

UK painter Rod Sutterby has contributed fish paintings to several books and exhibitions


Night move

I first really noticed Rod Sutterby's paintings in the book Atlantic Salmon done in collaboration with Malcom Greenhalgh. where his beautiful illustrations make this book a special experience. In connection with a new series of articles about "Fishy artists" here on GFF, I contacted Rod, and he returned with answers to my questions and some samples of his beautiful art.

This is what Rod tells about himself:

I was trained as a "Fine Artist" and made large abstracts but I had a young family.

In the real world I became a jobbing illustrator for books and magazines and was asked to paint a minnow for an encyclopaedia of fishing.

I later progressed to painting all the fishes for "The Fisherman's Handbook and Advanced Guide" and whilst initially not owning a fishing rod, I became fascinated by all species of angler's quarry. My paintings became somewhat like cave art - they were animals from another world which I hoped to catch, perhaps even by magic.

Coho salmon -
Coho salmon
Loch Leven trout -
Loch Leven trout
Rainbow trout -
Rainbow trout
River Tyne henfish -
River Tyne henfish

Chalkstream trout -
Chalkstream trout
The artist - Rod Sutterby in front of one of his works
The artist

When studying a preserved fish specimen at The Natural History Museum in London I discovered that there was sparse information about trout and salmon, other than decaying Victorian specimens. I now had a couple of rods and reels and set about trying to rectify this lack of fresh information, setting out to precisely record Salmo specimens. However, with only limited fishing skills, this would clearly take time and I quickly sought skilled anglers and authors to find fish for me and in this way learned about the hidden lives of these species.

The conservation of wild salmon and trout and respecting their life strategies has become of enormous importance, especially now, given such great global changes. These motives now lead my artwork but like the cave artist I hope I paint fishes with a hunter's eye. I have never killed a fish for the purpose of painting but sometimes of course for eating.

Hens and cocks

I use traditional materials and methods for my works: Water-colour, Oils, Acrylic, Pastel and Pencil.

Hill in the spring thaw -
Hill in the spring thaw
Painting is my main source of income. Recently I have painted large landscapes from my local environment together with new specimens when they occur. I work in a converted hay-barn, in the remote hills of Northumberland with the River Tyne and it's tributaries nearby.

There is a permanent exhibition of my salmon paintings at The Fondation Saumon, Chanteuges, Auvergne, France.
I shall be exhibiting a one-man show of paintings at the Customs House Gallery in South Shields, Newcastle upon Tyne, from 20th October until 25th November 2006.

Contact me at my email address for enquiries, a catalogue of paintings for sale, or adding to my mailing list for forthcoming exhibitions. rodsutterby·at·
You can find my web site here.

Atlantic salmon holding -
Atlantic salmon holding
Spring salmon -
Spring salmon
Under the ice -
Under the ice

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User comments
From: Fiona Green · fionaskene·at·  Link
Submitted December 7th 2008

I love your paintings, which I've just found here by chance on the Web...

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted January 9th 2007


Rod should be available on - that is the address I have used to reach him.


From: angela maynard · angela·at·  Link
Submitted January 9th 2007


Trying to send an email to Rod Sutterby can you confirm his email please

From: CARLOS HEINSOHN · crh·at·  Link
Submitted September 6th 2006


What an artist!

Comment to an image
From: Stewart Benson · benson_1·at·  Link
Submitted July 17th 2010

genuine sub species of Brown Trout, different apearance breeding times etc ?

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From: Joe Wojtan · joewojtan·at·  Link
Submitted May 31st 2007

The most beautiful trout painting that i have ever seen.

Comment to an image
From: Kelli Sutterby · kiekie_·at·  Link
Submitted February 11th 2007

This caught my eye being so unique and different. I love it!

Comment to an image
From: Anonymous  Link
Submitted October 3rd 2009

where is hen and cock

Comment to an image
From: Anonymous  Link
Submitted March 22nd 2007

But the picture is very nice! :-)

Comment to an image
From: Anonymous  Link
Submitted March 22nd 2007

I'm sorry,
But where is a hen & cock? Only four fishes.

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