Florence Arts Centre is hosting an exhibition of a year’s new work by Millom-based artist John Hewitt who creates unique hard-edged abstract compositions on canvas stretched over three-dimensional forms. In recent years he has developed new techniques and processes including the use of laminated MDF to produce concave surfaces as well as the convex canvas forms.
John says that major influences on his work include Art Deco and the early abstraction of the master himself, Kandinsky. His forms derive from a cross-over between industrial shapes witnessed while working in Vickers-Armstrong shipyard in Barrow during vacations, and the wonderful flowing rhythmic shapes of the hinterland of the Lake District.
A degree in Fine Art provided a sound academic basis on which to develop his painting style and he has passed this philosophy on to the many students he has taught over the years.
Examples of his work can be found in collections in Europe, Japan, South America, USA, Scandinavia and Russia