Ivon Hitchens is widely regarded as the prominent British abstract landscape painter of the twentieth century, immediately recognisable for his daring, yet subtle, use of colour and brushstrokes to evoke the spirit of a place.
Hitchens abstract works are deeply rooted in his environment, with his output consisting primarily of landscapes, nudes, and still lifes. Hitchens painted mostly outdoors near his home in Petworth, Sussex, and his technique developed from a tonal treatment that recalled the informality of Constable's sketches. Originating in the quintessentially English artistic tradition of uncovering human characteristics and emotion in the natural world, Hitchens belonged to a generation of modern British artists that seized and transformed this legacy.
Hitchens has had numerous solo exhibitions including retrospectives at the Royal Academy, the Serpentine and the Tate in London. He represented Britain at the 1956 Venice Biennale alongside Lynn Chadwick. His work is held in numerous prestigious international public and private collections.