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- Born in London, the son of painter Alfred Hitchens and Ethel Margaret Seth-Smith. As a result of illness he spent two years in New Zealand, travelling via Sri Lanka and Australia.
- Studied at St John’s Wood School of Art, London.
- Attended the Royal Academy Schools, London, for a total of four years. Lived and worked in Primrose Hill, London.
- Member of the 7&5 Society (which was re-named the 7&5 Abstract Group in 1935). Hitchens exhibited in group exhibitions of members’ work.
- Visited Paris.
- Visited Winifred and Ben Nicholson in Cumbria.
- Mayor Gallery, London - first solo exhibition. During the 1920s and 30s Hitchens exhibited various London galleries including Heal’s Mansard Gallery; Lefevre Gallery; Arthur Tooth & Sons, Zwemmer Gallery (‘Objective Abstractions’, a group exhibition in 1934).
- Elected to the London Group.
- After his house was bombed he moved from Primrose Hill to Petworth, W Sussex.
- Leicester Galleries - solo exhibition, the first of ten - Hitchens continued to show there until 1959.
- Temple Newsam, Leeds - Retrospective exhibition with Henry Moore.
- Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield - Retrospective exhibition.
- ’60 Paintings for ‘51’ Arts Council Festival of Britain exhibition, won Purchase Prize.
- Metropolitan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
- Gimpel Fils, London.
- XXVIII Venice Biennale - British Pavilion, work shown subsequently in Vienna, Munich, Paris and Amsterdam.
- Created CBE.
- Waddington Galleries, London - solo exhibition, exhibitions here continued after the artist's death in 1979.
- Arts Council, Tate Gallery, London - Retrospective touring exhibition.
- British Council touring exhibition (New Zealand).
- Exhibitions in Southampton, Manchester, New York, Worthing, Newcastle, Brighton and in London.
- Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne - Retrospective touring exhibition.
- Royal Academy, London - Retrospective touring exhibition.
- Hitchens died on 29 August.
- Serpentine Gallery, London - Retrospective touring exhibition.
- Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
Since his death in 1979 Ivon Hitchens’s work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally.
Ivon Hitchens's work can be found in public collections in Australia, Canada, USA, France, New Zealand, Scandinavia and South Africa.
Public collections in the UK that hold Ivon Hitchens work include:
Tate Gallery, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
The Courtauld Institute, London
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham