Williamson Art Gallery: Stephen Hitchin – Shooting the Sun

Williamson Art Gallery: Stephen Hitchin - Shooting the Sun
Williamson Art Gallery: Stephen Hitchin – Shooting the Sun

Venue: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Dates: 02/03/2019 - 14/04/2019
Times: 00:00


Stephen cites the extreme environment of the maritime world as the main inspiration for his work. It is the energy and the continually changing environment which he finds inspiring for his practice. Artists have been captivated by the sea for centuries: romance, tragedy, myths, exploration, trade and communication have all been facilitated by the sea.

Navigation was traditionally based on plotting your course by ‘Shooting the Sun’.  The term refers to measuring the altitude of the sun in order to determine latitude, essential in locating your true position at sea.

The work for this exhibition is principally made of marble and concerned with three dimensional space, form and line. His sculptures offer as much importance to space and shadows as to the solidity of material.  Each work changes with light and viewpoint reflecting the environment that inspired them.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 2nd March until Sunday 14th April.

About the artist:

Born in Liverpool, Stephen Hitchin studied sculpture at Liverpool and Manchester Art Colleges. Since graduating he has taught at various institutions including King’s College Wimbledon, Wirral Art School and since 2012 Glyndwr University, also as visiting lecturer at School of the Art Institute, Chicago and Brigham Young University Utah.

Stephen has exhibited extensively including, on several occasions, the RA Summer Show.  His work is held in public and private collections in the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel and USA.  His recent projects and commissioned work can be found throughout the UK in various corporate and public collections in Manchester, London, Coventry, St Helens, Ellesmere, Portsmouth, Street, Wigton and Liverpool.

In undertaking his commissioned work Stephen works with a range of materials including bronze, steel, glass and ceramics.