Ivon Hitchens 1893-1979
Ivon Hitchens’ paintings, neither entirely abstract nor naturalistic, are best characterised as evocative depictions of the English landscape. The son of the artist Alfred Hitchens, Ivon was educated at Bedales before training at St John’s Wood School of Art and, from 1912 to 1919, at the Royal Academy.
Hitchens exhibited with the Seven & Five Society in 1921 and continued to do so throughout the 1920s. His first one-man show was at the Mayor Gallery, 1925, with exhibitions following at Tooth’s, Lefevre and Leicester Galleries, London. He also became part of the London Group (with Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore) and exhibited with them throughout the 1930s. He was a member of the London Artist’s Association.
After the bombing of his London home in 1940, Hitchens moved to West Sussex where he stayed for the next forty years. He distanced himself from the current trends in modern painting and found the freedom to develop his own mature voice.
Hitchens’ work is held in numerous international public collections and museums including the Tate Collection; Royal Academy of Arts; Victoria and Albert Museum; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Art Gallery of Ontario; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
painted circa 1954oil on canvas40.5 x 76 cms (16 x 30 ins)
framed: 62 x 96.5 cms (24½ x 38 ins)
Ivon HitchensFoliage Blue & Yellowsigned and dated 1970
titled versooil on canvas51 x 115.5 cms (20 x 45½ ins)
framed: 68.5 x 133.5 cms (27 x 52½ ins)
Ivon HitchensPoppies and Blueinscribed and authenticated by John and Mary Hitchens verso
painted circa 1967oil on canvas51.5 x 105 cms (20 x 41½ ins)