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Dick Hewitson

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Dick first painted in the 1960s. He taught Biology in schools for 37 years, and has lived in Dorset since 1970. His experience of studying the ecology of many Dorset habitats and of teaching biological fieldwork there may well have influenced his artwork. His work often arises from interpretation of landscape, ranging from contemporary figurative to abstract. He paints mainly in oils. He started painting seriously in 2011. Most of his current work is done in his studio, and he paints on a regular basis. When painting ‘landscapes’, initial research in the field usually includes quite rapid sketches using various media, singly or together, including charcoal. He is currently creating a substantial number of works about Dorset WW2 coastal defences, but as in all his recent work, it is as much about the ongoing dialogue with the developing painted surface as about the ‘subject’. Some group Shows 2014 – 2022: Concrete castles- Britain's War defences 1940. Exhibition(s) curated by Tim Craven. 2021 Bodmin Keep, Cornwall, and then 2022 National Trust Coleshill, near Swindon. RWA (Royal West of England Academy) Annual Open Exhibition 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014. Mottisfont Open 2018, 2016. St Ives, Porthmear Studios, Spot the Artist charity sale 2019,2018, 2017, 2016. Royal Society of Arts Summer Exhibition 2018, 2016. Bath Society of Artists, Annual Open 2022, 2020, 2018. St Barbe Open 2018. Black Swan Open 2022, 2019, 2016. Solo and 2-artist shows 2014-2018: Objects in the Dorset Landscape, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 2018. Dorset Art Weeks 2021, 2018, 2016, 2014. ‘Metamorphosis’ with Devon artist Maisie Parker, Woodhayes gallery, Honiton 2015.

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