Hitchens, Ivon and John: Summer Flowers Fabric


A full width of this beautiful fabric designed by father and son, Ivon and John Hitchens, for the textile manufacturers Hull Traders in the 1960s. The fabric is in wonderful condition with strong colours and would look fabulous either as a wall hanging or as framed.

‘Summer Flowers’ was mostly produced in a predominantly orange colourway as separately illustrated, but this is the alternative colourway which is extremely rare.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) and John Hitchens (born 1940)

Title and date: Summer Flowers, 1960s

Size: 115 x 122 cms.


Artist Description:

Ivon Hitchons was an English painter who attended the Royal Academy Schools and began exhibiting during the 1920s. He became part of the ‘London Group’ of artists joining modernist artists including Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and John Piper, and exhibited with them during the 1930s. His house was bombed in 1940 during World War II, at which point he moved to a caravan on a patch of woodland near Petworth in West Sussex. He worked there for the next forty years, gradually augmenting his caravan with a series of buildings. He is particularly well known for his panoramic landscape paintings created from blocks of colour and for his semi-abstract and richly coloured works. There is a huge mural by him in the main hall of Cecil Sharp House in Primrose Hill, London. His work was exhibited in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1956. There have been four major retrospectives of his work including by The British Council (1952), The Tate (touring,1963), The Towner Gallery, Eastbourne (touring, 1968), The Royal Academy (touring, 1979) and The Serpentine Gallery (touring, 1989).

John Hitchens is a painter who was born in Hove, Sussex; he attended Bedales School near Petersfield, Hampshire and studied at the Academy of Art in Corsham The sone of Ivon Hitchens, his grandfather Alfred Hitchens was also a painter. His work is strongly influenced by the landscape of the South Downs and the countryside of West Sussex, his paintings are primarily concerned with expressing the patterns and textures of these landscapes. His work has extended to found-object installations, sculpture and photography. Hitchens started exhibiting in the 1960s with a series of solo exhibitions and his work is represented in several public and private collections in England and abroad.