South Downs Blue Hill
One of the earliest works in the exhibition is South Downs Blue Hill. Painted in 1964, it shows a view of the South Downs landscape close to his Sussex studio – an environment which has been a defining influence throughout his artistic life
South Downs Blue Hill, 1964, © The Artist
This last part of the exhibition shows several examples of Hitchens’ early landscapes, featuring open spaces, hills, the sea, and cloud formations.
Flowers were another theme of this period. The resulting group of paintings includes examples of abstraction, reducing flowers to spaces of colour. The subject was pursued into the 1980s, with later works becoming more naturalistic.