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John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape
Aspects of Landscape showcases work by John Hitchens, created over a period of more than five decades.
The exhibition will trace the artists’ journey from early descriptive paintings to increasingly abstract ways of interpreting landscape, reducing its forms to lines, circles and patterns.
In his recent paintings John Hitchens has developed his own visual language which sets it apart from conventional abstract painting. This development was greatly influenced by a period spent photographing landscape elements from the air, which enabled Hitchens to gain an awareness of the land as a two-dimensional composition.
Much of this new body of work will be on public display for the first time.
John Hitchens is one of four generations of artists in his family, both his grandfather Alfred Hitchens and his father Ivon Hitchens were also painters of landscapes. A number of Ivon Hitchens’ paintings are held in the gallery’s art collection.
Image credit: John Hitchens, Field Boundaries (2000) © the artist