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John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape

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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 the artist 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. This is the first time such a complete overview of his work will be seen in one exhibition, including work that has never been shown in public before.

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. His son, Simon is a sculptor. A number of Ivon Hitchens’ paintings are held in the Gallery’s art collection.

Image credit: John Hitchens, Field Boundaries (2000) © the artist

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