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Ivon Hitchens - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Ivon Hitchens (1893 - 1979)

Ivon Hitchens, British painter, is remembered for creating a unique style of landscape painting in which fields of color represent the English countryside but do not accurately depict it. Hitchens moved to Sussex in 1940 and continued to paint in this manner without it becoming tired or stereotypical. He also painted flowers, figures, and several large murals. He became part of the 'London Group' of artists and exhibited with them during the 1930s. His house was bombed in 1940 during World War II, at which point he moved to a caravan on a patch of woodland near Petworth in West Sussex. He worked there for the next forty years, gradually augmenting his caravan with a series of buildings. He is particularly well-known for panoramic landscape paintings created from blocks of colour. His work was exhibited in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1956.

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