Approved: 16.08.2006

Simon Hitchens

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
I make sculptures for sale through private galleries as well as corporate and public commissions. When working in the urban environmanet I work alongside architects, planners, engineers, surveyors and builders etc. My work is consistent in concept whether it be a multi tonned site specific work, located in the public realm, or the latest innovative piece I'm working on in my studio.

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  • Location: Taunton, South West
 

Biography

Concepts I make sculptures for sale through private galleries as well as corporate and public commissions. When working in the urban environmanet I work alongside architects, planners, engineers, surveyors and builders etc. My work is consistent in concept whether it be a multi tonned site specific work, located in the public realm, or the latest innovative piece I'm working on in my studio. Stone is the material backbone to my creative explorations and the conceptual focus of my sculptures, however, I frequently use other, often innovative materials, such as clear cast resin, metal mirrors and photographs etc. materials which are both ancient and modern. The sculptures often look autonomous, belying the high degree of craft and technique that formed them. Over the years my physical involvement with stone has become increasingly minimal, losing much of the man-made look and taking on a serene elemental presence. I aim to make work that operates on the edge of perception, somewhere between the physical and the metaphysical, a kind of exploration of the peripheral. These sculptures reflect the world around us, acknowledging beauty, the natural world and our position within it. The work is about both presence and absence. It questions the relationship between elemental opposites such as body and soul, male and female. It is not about beginning or ending, irony or quotation, and sits, I hope, in contemplative silence.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2009 - A Separate Reality, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London 2008 - Presence and Absence, Maddox Arts, London 2006 - Napoleon Garden, Holland Park, London 2005 - Spica Museum, Tokyo 2004 - Paul Stolder Gallery, London 2004 - In the Presence of Absence, St Stephen Walbrook, City of London 2004 - Seeking the Sublime, Hestercombe Gardens and Brewhouse Art Centre, Taunton, Somerset 1998 - New work, A22 Lystall Street, Paul Stolper, London Group exhibitions 2012 - Interesting Times, Royal Botanical Gardens, Leicester University 2012 - On Form 2012, Asthal Manor, Oxford 2011 - Hannah Peschar, Ockley, Surrey 2011 - New Work, Pincent Mason's, London 2011 - Received Wisdom, Arlington Arts centre, Newbury, Berkshire 2011 - Sculpture at the Grove, Grove Hotel, Hertforshire 2011 - Woburn Artbeat, Woburn Abbey Gardens, Bedfordshire 2010 - Ego Alter, Square 1 Art, Arundel, Sussex 2010 - Found, Arlington Arts Center, Newbury, Berkshire 2010 - Ludlow Open, Ludlow, Shropshire 2010 - New Work, Chelsea Flower Show, London 2010 - On Form 2010, Athall Manor, Burford, Oxford 2010 - Quartz Arts Festival, Queen's College, Taunton, Somerset 2010 - Sculpture in Paradise, Chichester Cathedral, Sussex 2010 - Small is Beautiful, Flowers West, London 2009 - A Quiet Knowledge, Arlington Arts Center, Berkshire 2009 - Art Contact Sculpture Show, Horseheath, Cambridgeshire 2009 - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockely, Surrey 2009 - Sound and Vision, Ilminster Arts Centre, Somerset 2009 - Ten Artists, The Old Forge, Ludlow, Shropshire 2008 - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley, Surrey 2007 - Gulf Art Fair, Madinate Jumira, Dubai 2007 - Small is beautiful XXIV, Flowers Central, London 2007 - Spectrum, Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury 2006 - RBS, Rollo Contemporary Art, London 2006 - Small is beautiful XXIII, Flowers Central, London 2005 - Jerwood Sculpture Prize, Jerwood space, London 2005 - RBS Centenary Exhibition, Leicester University, Leicester 2005 - Sculpture in the planning, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Somerset 2005 - Small is beautiful XXII, Flowers Central, London 2004 - Imagine, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London 2004 - Ivon, John and Simon Hitchens, The Canon Gallery, Petworth, West Sussex 2004 - j+ban 2004, Spica Museum, Tokyo 2003 - 40 Designers, Aubrey Square, London 2003 - Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, London 2003 - Inaugural Exhibition, Paul Stolper Gallery, London 2003 - Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London 2002 - Farmilo Fiumano, London 2002 - Think Big, Peggy Guggenhiem Museum, Venice 2001 - In the blood, Wiseman Originals, London 2000 - Defining the times, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes 1999 - Outside Art, Arundel Cathedral, Arundel 1999 - Seeing the light, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester 1998 - Inaugral Exhibition, Hiscox Art Café, London 1997 - Eight by Eight, Pallent House, Chichester 1997 - Lewes Sculpture Trail, Lewis Castle, Lewis 1997 - Young Blood, Crane Kalman, London 1996 - ., Crane Kalman, London 1996 - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley, Surrey 1995 - ., Crane Kalman, London 1995 - CAS Market, Royal Festival Hall, London 1995 - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley, Surrey 1995 - London Group Open, Barbican, London 1995 - Summer Show, Cadogan Contemporary, London 1994 - CAS Market, Royal Festival Hall, London 1994 - Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley, Surrey 1993 - London Group Open, Barbican, London 1993 - St. Albans Art, St. Albans Cathedral, . Private commissions 2011 - The Trees of Life, Prior's Court School, Berkshire 2009 - In the Light of Night, Tetbury, Gloucestershire 2009 - The Balance of Entropy, Tetbury, Gloucestershire 2006 - Core, Sarrat, Herfordshire 2006 - Hussey, Fulham, London 2005 - Link, Weybridge, Surrey 2004 - Blue Silence, Sintons Solicitors, Newcastle 2004 - Entropic Circle, Stanmore, London 1998 - Risen, Sir Colin Southgate, Berkshire Public commissions 2012 - Dance of the Senses, Leys School, Cambridgeshire 2009 - Positive Emptiness II, Oasis cruise liner, Carribean 2008 - From Dawn until Dusk, Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth 2007 - Parallel Presence, Limeharbour, London 2006 - Coastline, Workington, Cumbria 2006 - Prospect Place, Belway Homes, Cardiff Bay 2003 - Shining Silence, 100 Brompton Road, London 2001 - Rubus Five, Rubus Quart, London Road, Bracknell 1999 - Quiet Understanding, Conquest Hospital, Hastings Competitions, prizes and awards 2004 - In The Presence of Absence, Arts Council Grant, St.Stephen Wallbrook, London 2004 - Shortlisted Jerwood Sculpture Prize, Jerwood space, London 2004 - Vital Elements, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood 2002 - Quiet Core, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood