Ivon Hitchens

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Oil painting "Shade" 1936, 20x40½ inches, signed I.H. Probably painted at Moatlands, near Ashdown Forest. An early example of Hitchens's typical format and subject: later examples became more abstract.

Ivon Hitchens (3 March 1893 – 29 August 1979) was an English painter who started exhibiting during the 1920s. He became part of the 'London Group' of artists and exhibited with them during the 1930s. His house was bombed in 1940 during World War II, at which point he moved to a caravan on a patch of woodland near Petworth in West Sussex. He worked there for the next forty years, gradually augmenting his caravan with a series of buildings. He is particularly well known for panoramic landscape paintings created from blocks of colour. There is a huge mural by him in the main hall of Cecil Sharp House. His work was exhibited in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1956.

Ivon’s son John Hitchens and grandson Simon Hitchens are both artists.

Exhibitions[edit]

  • 1925 One-man exhibition, Mayor Gallery, London
  • 1928 Arthur Tooth & Sons, London
  • 1929 London Artists' Association, Cooling Galleries, London
  • 1930 Heal's Mansard Gallery, London
  • 1933 Alex Reid & Lefevre, London (also 1935 and 1937)
  • 1934 Participated in Objective Abstractions, Zwemmer Gallery
  • 1940 First of ten one-man exhibitions, Leicester Galleries (also in 1942, 1944, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1957 and 1959)
  • 1945 Retrospective exhibition, Temple Newsam House, Leeds
  • 1948 Retrospective exhibition, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
  • 1953 Metropolitan Art Gallery, Tokyo
  • 1956 Gimpel Fils, London
  • 1956 Represented Britain at the XXVIII venice Biennale
  • 1958 Laing Art Galleries, Toronto
  • 1960 One man exhibition, Waddington Galleries, London (also in 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993 and 1996)
  • 1963 Major retrospective exhibition arranged by the Arts Council, Tate Gallery, London
  • 1964 Civic Art Gallery, Southampton, University of Southampton Arts Festival
  • 1966 Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, Poindexter Gallery, New York; Worthing Art Gallery
  • 1967 Stone Gallery, Newcastle
  • 1971 Basil Jacobs Fine Art, London
  • 1972 Rutland Gallery, London, Landscape into Abstract
  • 1978 Burstow Gallery, Brighton College
  • 1978 Retrospective exhibition, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
  • 1979 Retrospective exhibition, Royal Academy
  • 1980 Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
  • 1982 New Art Centre, London
  • 1987 Oriel 31, Welshpool and Newtown, Powys
  • 1989 Retrospective exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London
  • 1991 Cleveland Bridge Gallery, Bath
  • 1993 Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
  • 1993 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
  • 1993 Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
  • 2000 Jonathan Clark Fine Art, London, A Visual Sound
  • 2003 Jonathan Clark Fine Art, London, Landscapes
  • 2005 Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
  • 2005 Jonathan Clark Fine Art, Nudes
  • 2007 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
  • 2007 Jonathan Clark Fine Art, London, The Flower Paintings
  • 2009 Jonathan Clark Fine Art, London, Unseen Paintings from the 1930s

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Father[edit]

His father Alfred Hitchens (1861-1942) was a portrait and landscape painter.

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