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Corn Hill. 1965
John Hitchens was born in Hove, Sussex, son of the artist Ivon Hitchens. He studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham and showed widely from the 1960s, having an early solo exhibition at Marjorie Parr Gallery in 1964 and exhibiting there until 1976. Also exhibited at Ditchling Gallery in 1967-71, 1967-82 with David Paul Gallery in Chichester and Gilbert Parr Gallery in 1977-79. Held a series of shows with Montpelier Studio from 1983. Since 1963 he also had a number of one man exhibitions in public art galleries and institutions, such as Balliol, Hereford and Somerville Colleges in Oxford, Salford City Art Gallery, Leicester University, , Clare College in Cambridge and others. John Hitchens’ work is represented in many public collections, including Brighton Art Gallery, Leicester City Art Gallery and Leicester University, Bradford City Art Gallery, Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne and others. Various corporations have also acquired his work: Security Pacific National Bank; British Steel Corporation; Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and others. Though his main subject area is the countryside of West Sussex, England, there were also many extended painting periods in North Wales and North West Scotland.