Installation view of the exhibition



Ivon Hitchens
5 Feb - 22 Mar 2003

Exhibition of one of the most significant British landscape painters of the twentieth century.

Immediately recognisable for his daring use of colour and bold brush strokes, Ivon Hitchens' paintings draw the viewer into lush English forests and stormy Sussex coastlines.

Ivon Hitchens kept company with the leading avant-garde of his day, including Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore, and represented British art at the 1956 Venice Biennale. He was inspired by Kandinsky’s ideas about the primacy of colour and the essentially musical nature of painting. Rhythm, counterpoint and echo were all factors that led him to adopt a wide canvas which he could divide into two or more vertical sections playing one against the other.