Approved: 16.08.2006

Simon Hitchens

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

In my studio practice I investigate the essence of things we perceive: the physical, natural world and our place within it.  I seek to understand the sublime qualities of rock: physically as the very earth that supports us and geologically as the almost ageless constant that resonates through time, giving perspective to our transient lives on this planet.  As a climber I have a direct and intimate relationship with rock and the elemental; it is this link with physical world, which allows me a way in to understanding the nature of being, which I am exploring through my work.  I’m interested by the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human, what passes and what outlasts, not just a surface reading but also an understanding of the rock’s interior, our interior and the hidden depth of things.  The work explores differences between the animate the inanimate, the uncanny nature of internal spaces, which are often sacred and personal, in an attempt to better understand the self. 

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  • Location: Taunton, South West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Public art, Private commissions, Commissioning, Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Public Art, Sculpture, Exhibition
  • Tags: sculpture, public art, landscape, commission, texture, commission, public art, landscape, materials
 

Biography

In my studio practice I investigate the essence of things we perceive: the physical, natural world and our place within it.  I seek to understand the sublime qualities of rock: physically as the very earth that supports us and geologically as the almost ageless constant that resonates through time, giving perspective to our transient lives on this planet.  As a climber I have a direct and intimate relationship with rock and the elemental; it is this link with physical world, which allows me a way in to understanding the nature of being, which I am exploring through my work.  I’m interested by the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human, what passes and what outlasts, not just a surface reading but also an understanding of the rock’s interior, our interior and the hidden depth of things.  The work explores differences between the animate the inanimate, the uncanny nature of internal spaces, which are often sacred and personal, in an attempt to better understand the self. 

I also undertake large scale public commissions, working alongside teams of professionals in different disciplines in order to deliver placemaking art for all to see.

e: simon@simonhitchens.com

www.simonhitchens.com

mb: 07941650164

 

 

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:

2016 - Mending Revealed, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset

2015 - CAN Mountain Arts Festival, Rheged, Cumbria

2015 - Second Site, Hestercombe Gallery, Taunton, Somerset

2015 - Bedales Gallery 25, Bedales School, Hampshire

2013 - OnForm London, Crypt Gallery, London

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:

2015 - The Space Between - M&G Real Estate, Forbury Place, Reading

2015 - Diorite Desk, The Crown Estate, Piccadilly, London

2015 - Evidence of the Unseen Mountain, Native Land, Chelsea, london

2014 - Glorious Beauty, St Edward, Kensington, London

2013 - Unity, Urbanest, Kings Cross, London

2013 - Transition Point, 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