Ivon Hitchens Jonathan Clark Exhibition Catalogue 2012

by Mel Gooding

  • Artist: Ivon Hitchens
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Jonathan Clark, London
  • Edition: -
  • Format: Paperback
  • Height: 22cm (oblong)
  • Pages: Unpaginate
  • Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour


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Ivon Hitchens Jonathan Clark Exhibition Catalogue 2012

Catalogue for the exhibition of Ivon Hitchens work at Jonathan Clark, London in 2012.

This catalogue contains 22 full colour images along with text by Mel Gooding and a foreword by Simon Hucker.

In very good out of print condition.

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Authors Biography

Mel Gooding

Mel Gooding is an art critic, writer and exhibition organiser. He graduated M.A (English) from the University of Sussex in 1966. He has written many catalogue texts and over the last fifteen years contributed extensively to the art press and to magazines and newspapers. His monographs on artists include Bruce McLean(1990), Michael Rothenstein's Boxes (1991) Patrick Heron (1994), Gillian Ayres (2001) Ceri Richards (2002), Patrick Hayman (2005), John Hoyland: Imagination and Image (2006) and herman de vries: chance and change (2006). He has written on art and architecture: William Alsop Architect (1992), Joze Plecnik :The National and University Library, Ljubljana (1997); Public: Art; Space (1998) Abstract Art (2001); Song of the Earth: European Artists in the Landscape (2002). With Redstone Press he has edited Surrealist Games (1991), Alphabets and Other Signs (1991), The Paradox Box (1996), The Playful Eye (1999), Psychobox (2004), and several Redstone Diaries. He has curated many exhibitions, including Ceri Richards Graphics at the National Museum of Wales and tour in 1979-80, F.E. McWilliam: Retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1989, Michael Rothenstein: A Retrospective at Stoke on Trent and tour 1989-90, William Furlong/ Alan Johnston/ Simon Patterson/ Bruce McLean/ Prunella Clough/ Gillian Ayres etc. at the Customs House, South Shields (1995-1999), Mary Fedden: Retrospective at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 1996, a select retrospective of the Czech sculptor Stanislav Kolibal at the 1998 Edinburgh Festival, Themes and Variations: Ceri Richards Retrospective at the National Museum of Wales and tour (2002-3), Gillian Ayres: Select Retrospective, Royal West of England Academy, 2004. He was Senior Research Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art from 1998 to 2005. He was made a professor at Wimbledon School of Art in 2006.

Artists Biography

Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)

Ivon Hitchens was an english painter. He studied at St John’s Wood School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools intermittently between 1912 and 1919. He exhibited with the 7 & 5 SOCIETY in 1921 and continued to do so throughout the 1920s. He soon became part of the circle of artists known as the LONDON GROUP and exhibited with Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and others during the 1930s. Hints of his mature style can be found in the delicate green-grey shades of a still-life such as Spring Mood No. 2 (1933; artist’s estate), which was influenced by Braque, but he also experimented with pure abstraction, as in Coronation (1937; London, Tate). After his house was bombed in 1940 he moved to a patch of woodland near Petworth, W. Sussex, living at first in a caravan which later acquired numerous outbuildings. He worked there for the next 40 years, distanced from the predominantly literary currents of British modern art. In his commitment to colour and open brushwork he was closer to the modern French masters, especially in his Fauvist orange nudes set in sunlit interiors. He painted mostly outdoors, however, and his technique developed from a tonal treatment that recalled the informality of Constable’s sketches, as in Damp Autumn (1941; London, Tate), where the motif is clearly legible, to brushmarks that became wider, quickening in pace as they deflected vertical and horizontal movement, as in Arno No. 4 (1965; London, Tate).

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