At 31, Elizabeth Sutton has already made it on her first Forbes list and has been dubbed the “artist and designer to know right now” by Forbes. Her vibrant Pop Art creations have drawn comparisons to Andy Warhol and her entrepreneurial prowess has landed her amongst the first 250 nominees selected to Forbes inaugural Next 1000 list, a roundup of the top up and coming small business entrepreneurs in the United States.
In the five years since Sutton established herself as a professional artist, she has garnered a dedicated fanbase with 56,000 followers on Instagram and clients such as Andrea Bocelli, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Karolina Kurkova, Pitbull, and Iris Apfel (Sutton’s art is likely one of the few things Pitbull and Iris have in common). Her fine art and designs have been featured in Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing”, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Forbes, Entrepreneur and others.
Sutton’s award-winning design work has exploded into the commercial space as well; she has collaborated with Joe & the Juice, Janovic, TileBar, and the Raynor Group. In 2018 she launched a fashion capsule collection with Bari Lynn Accessories, which was featured in Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday campaign.
In spring 2020, Sutton launched her podcast, Success by Design, which focuses on resilience and entrepreneurship. This new window into her life compliments her lifestyle blog, a forum for her to offer an intimate look at her creative process and life, like sharing favorite recipes and entrepreneurial advice. Sutton is set to launch a member only program on her lifestyle website which will focus on business tips, recipes, art technique tutorials, and will be accompanied by a modular program including templates developed by Sutton’s company.
Beyond her multi-faceted career, Sutton is passionate about empowering women—she is a single mom of two—and the New York City community, as she is a sixth-generation New Yorker. Sutton has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for institutions like City Harvest, 92nd Street Y, ArtStart, United Hatzalah, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Lenox Health Greenwich Village.
Sutton is truly an artist for our time, with art spanning all industries and media, a relentless drive to pursue her dreams, and a dedication to lifting people up. “Life is not always rainbows and butterflies,” Sutton likes to say. “But my art is.”
NOTABLE PROJECTS AND PRODUCTS:
- Eden Rock – St. Barth’s: Eden Rock commissioned two of Sutton’s limited-edition clutches for its boutique and her art is hung throughout the hotel and spa. In November 2020, Eden Rock hosted a solo exhibition of her work, in which Sutton did a full takeover including art and programming.
- Janovic Color Palettes: Featured by Luxe Magazine, Sutton created five exclusive color palettes using 60 shades of Benjamin Moore with Janovic, the largest paint supplier in New York. Her art was then used to wrap four New York City buildings and featured on 18 bus stops.
- TileBar: Sutton’s three luxe marble tile collections for TileBar won best in show awards at the Architectural Digest Design Show and HD expo, the largest hospitality convention in the U.S. Each design comes in a variety of rich colors and the water jet–cut tiles can be reconfigured into thousands of patterns. Sutton will be designing a new porcelain collection with TileBar in 2021.
- The Raynor Group Home Desk Chairs: Partnering with the largest manufacturer of office chairs, Sutton will be designing two collections that feature her signature geometric patterns in a variety of colors that will transform the practical desk chair into a bright showstopper for the home. The collection will be available in 2021.
- The Whale Building: Sutton has been chosen as the exclusive artist to develop 10,000 square feet of art programing for the The Whale Building, a 500,000 square foot historical commercial building being developed by the esteemed Nightingale properties and designed by award winning architecture design firm, Studio Architects. Her largest project to date, this initiative will begin unfolding towards the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022.
- Pool Table with Blatt Billiards: This hand-crafted $150,000 pool table features Sutton’s signature rose print on the felt top and hand-painted geometric designs on the base. One of the artist’s most intricate projects, the table took over 1,000 hours to make by hand. The table’s base is wrapped in luxury Italian leather, custom dyed in eight different colors, and finished with custom 24-karat plated hardware.
- Manhattan Park Pool: Sutton was the first female artist selected by Citi Habitats New Developments to create its yearly art installation at Roosevelt Island’s Manhattan Park Pool. With 60 gallons and 18 different colors of Benjamin Moore Paint, Sutton crafted a technicolor sunburst pattern on the 8,500-square-foot deck. Her exuberant design was ranked by Time Out as the number two most talked about thing of summer 2019 and was featured in Architectural Digest, Architectural Digest Spain and Curbed.
- Bari Lynn Accessories: This capsule collection with the popular luxury girls’ accessories brand launched in 2018 at Bergdorf Goodman and was then picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Harrod’s. Sutton’s designs were featured in Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday campaign and gift guide as well as Neiman Marcus’s official gift guide. For holiday 2020, she is partnering with Bari Lynn Accessories again on a new collection of headbands and accessories.
- TCG Toys Puzzles: Elizabeth is set to launch her first collection of puzzles with TCG Toys in the Fall of 2021, with a program outlined for spring and fall 2022 and 2023.
- Rugs America: Sutton will be launching a collection of 60 rug designs in collaboration with Rugs America. Featuring 5 collections that will include her famous butterfly and rose patterns along with inspiration derived from nature, as well as her strong geometric abstractions,
- Galaxy Glass & Stone: A collaboration with this high-end glass company features Sutton’s custom designs printed on everything from glass tabletops and shower walls to massive entry walls. To celebrate its debut, Sutton designed her own “selfie mirror” with her artwork intricately printed around the frame.
- Mother’s Day Cards Benefitting City Harvest: To help others in the height of the pandemic, Sutton released her fine art designs to the public for the first time as downloadable coloring books and Mother’s Day cards—all proceeds went to City Harvest. Her coloring books received over 12,000 downloads in the first month and were featured in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, and Town & Country.
- Elizabeth Sutton Collection: Sutton’s in-house line of accessories features clutches, bags, straps, belts, and luggage tags. All of her gifts and accessories are beautifully packaged in custom boxes to create a full artistic experience for the recipient. She has also debuted nine wallpaper collections, drawer pulls, napkin rings, and disposable placemats, as well as five rug designs in Bali with custom-dyed threads from the finest New Zealand wool so that people can decorate their home with her art at any price point.
My team is not only my art and design team – they are my family. Team ESC is compromised of young, ambitious, intelligent, and optimistic hustlers. I have infinite gratitude for the support and encouragement they provide me with.