Ivon Hitchens


1893   Born in London, England.
1903   Educated at Bedales co-educational progressive school, Petersfield, England.
1910   St John’s Wood School of Art.
1911   Royal Academy, London, England.
1922   Founding member of the Seven and Five Society.
1931   Member of the London Group.
1951   Won the Purchase Prize in the Arts Council Festival of Britain.
1963   Major retrospective exhibition arranged by the Arts Council at the Tate Gallery, London, England.
1979   Dies in August.

Selected solo exhibitions

1925   Mayor Gallery, London, England.
1933   Alex Reid & Lefevre (also 1935 and 1937), London, England.
1940   Leicester Galleries (also 1942, 1944, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1957 and 1959), London, England.
1948   Retrospective exhibition at Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, England.
1956   Gimpel Fils, London, England.
1960   Waddington Galleries (also 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1990), London, England.
1963   Major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, England; travelling to Bradford City Art Gallery and Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, England.
1978   Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; retrospective exhibition travelling to Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield; Museum and Art Gallery, Reading; City Museum and Art Gallery, Portsmouth, England.
1979   Royal Academy of Arts, London; retrospective exhibition travelling to Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance; Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull; Castle Museum, Nottingham, England.
1983   Waddington & Shiell Galleries, Toronto, Canada.
Theo Waddington, New York, USA.
1989   Serpentine Gallery, London, retrospective exhibition travelling to City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland; Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; City Art Gallery, York, England.
1993   Montpelier Sandelson, London, England.
1996   Robert Sandelson, London, England.
1999   Robert Sandelson, London, England.
2002   Robert Sandelson, London, England.

Selected group exhibitions

1934   ‘Objective Abstraction’, Zwemmer Gallery, London, England.
1936   ‘Winter’s Stage’, Tate Gallery, London, England.
1939   ‘Contemporary British Art’, British Pavilion, World’s Fair, New York, USA.
1943   ‘Contemporary British Art’, British Council travelling exhibition touring South America.
1945   Temple Newsam House, Leeds, England; retrospective exhibition with Henry Moore.
1945-46   ‘Contemporary British Art’, British Council exhibition touring the Middle East, North Africa and Italy.
1947   ‘School of London’, opening exhibition, Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin, Ireland.
1947-48   ‘Modern British Paintings’, British Council exhibition shown in Athens, Rome, Paris, Marseilles and Prague.
1950   ‘The Private Collector’, Contemporary Art Society exhibition, Tate Gallery, London, England.
1951   First Biennal of Contemporary Art, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
1953   ‘Hitchens, Sutherland, Moore’, Crane Gallery, Manchester, England.
1953   Second International Art Exhibition, (with Ben Nicholson), Metropolitan Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, subsequently travelling to Osaka, Ube, Fukuoka, Sarebo, Nagoya, Takamatsu et al.
1956   ‘Masters of British Painting 1800-1950’, Museum of Modern Art, New York; travelling to St. Louis and San Francisco, USA.
1957   Laing Galleries, (with John Piper), Toronto, Canada.
1957-58   First John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England.
1958   ‘Cinquante Ans d’Art Moderne’, (Hitchens, Yeats, O’Connor), Palais International des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
‘Three Painters’, Waddington Galleries, London, England.
1962   ‘Kompas 2: Contemporary Painting in London’, Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
‘British Art Today’, San Francisco Museum of Art; travelling to Dallas and Santa Barbara, USA.
1968-69   Royal Academy Bicentenary Exhibition, 1768-1968, Burlington House, London, England.
1972   ‘Decade 40s: Painting, Sculpture and Drawing in Britain 1940-49’, Arts Council Exhibition, Whitechapel Gallery; travelling to Southampton, Carlisle, Durham, Manchester, Bradford and Aberdeen, UK.
1974   ‘British Painting’, Hayward Gallery, London, England.
1977   ‘British Painting: 1952-1977’, Royal Academy, London, England.
1980   ‘Ten Modern Masters’, Tate Gallery, London, England.
1985   'Recalling the Fifties’, Serpentine Gallery, London, England.
1987   ‘British Art in the Twentieth Century: The Modern Movement’, Royal Academy, London, England.
1990-91   ‘The British Imagination’, Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York, USA.
1991   ‘British Art from 1930’, Waddington Galleries, London, England.
‘Ivon Hitchens and Jack B. Yeats’, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
1994   ‘Paintmarks’, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England.
1999   ‘Flora and Fauna’, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England.
2004   ‘Art of the Garden’, Tate Britain, London, England.
2006   ‘British Modernism’, John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.