• John Hitchens, Earth, Air, Rain, Duncton Hill, 1977

John Hitchens: A Collection of Early Paintings

Together with gallery artists who celebrate the act of painting: Karen Bowers, Mary Liddell, Philip Lyons, Stephen Palmer, Jemma Powell, Lucy Powell, Catharine Somerville, Paul Treasure, Sarah Warley Cummings, Vivienne Williams.

 

We are now open by appointment so please call us on 07867978414 if you would like to visit the gallery.

John Hitchens grew up in Graffham, West Sussex and studied at Bath Academy of Art.  He was surrounded by art from his infancy.  His Grandfather, Alfred, (1861-1942) was a successful academic artist and his father, the modern British artist, Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) had his studio in the family home.

These paintings dating from the 1960s to the 1980s, provide a fascinating relationship to the current exhibition,  Ivon Hitchens: Space Through Colour at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester which closes on 13 October.

The wooded Sussex landscape nestling below the South Downs has been a major influence on his work.  While he has painted further afield in Scotland and Wales, the West Sussex countryside, where he still lives, has provided him with inspiration for much of his life.

In the 1970s and 80s he painted directly in the open air often on a large scale.  After painting more conventional compositions with a traditional horizon line he gradually realised that the sky, for so long the starting point for the mood of a painting, had in fact become a limitation.  He was searching for the compositional freedom to express the formation of the land with a vigorous, gestural means of expression.  These paintings saw him flattening the perspective to eliminate the sky and horizon and entering deep into the woodland, analyzing the shapes and patterns of trees, clearings, light and shade.

John painted throughout the seasons reflecting the changing colours of the Sussex countryside.  Continually searching and pushing the boundaries, John’s work has evolved into his current abstract style using a restricted range of earth pigments.

 

 

 

WE ARE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL US ON 07867978414 if you would like to visit the gallery

 

 

  • John Hitchens

  • Karen Bowers

  • Mary Liddell

  • Philip Lyons

  • Stephen Palmer

  • Jemma Powell

  • Lucy Powell

  • Catharine Somerville

  • Paul Treasure

  • Sarah Warley-Cummings

  • Vivienne Williams