“Ivon Hitchens, one of the most original and single-minded interpreters of the English landscape…” (The Independent)
Hitchens had a major retrospective in the Tate Gallery in 1963, a retrospective in the Royal Academy in 1979, another at The Serpentine in 1989, Pallant House in 1993 and is coming to Candida Stevens Fine Art in 2015. Hitchens, began his career in the 1920s and became part of the influential “London Group”. He retreated to live and work in West Sussex in 1940, creating bold, fresh panoramic landscapes with his expressive broad-brush technique and strong commitment to colour. The South Downs, south of Midhurst, were Hitchens' earliest love. Hitchens’ paintings are held in all of the most important UK and many international public collections. To celebrate the return home of this modern master’s pieces, Candida Stevens Fine Art Gallery will also be hosting accompanying talks and events on the artist’s life and work.
“Chambers…one of the most interesting and resourceful artists of his generation…” (The Spectator)
Stephen Chambers RA, one of Britain’s current, celebrated artists began his artistic journey just down the road from Hitchens in Winchester. Chambers’ colourful, exquisite and detailed work explores, in his own words “… states of mind, behaviours and sensibilities’. Chambers thinks of colour as the ‘nutrition to the mental compost’ and like Hitchens uses it with such skill, allowing the colour to do a lot of the ‘work’. Chambers responds to nature’s energy and imperfection with uplifting use of colour and geometrical patterns that are overlaid with exuberant firefly-like dots and carefully applied pattern taken from older traditions of ornament in western and eastern art. Stephen Chambers will also be visiting the gallery to provide a talk on his latest work and themes.