Dion Hitchings is part of #TheGalleryProject. #TheGalleryProject includes artworks from 47 artists from 27 different countries. Each work reflects a unique perspective and as a whole, the exhibition series refuses to present a standardized narrative. Rather, it becomes clear that being queer means something different to each artist, whether sexually, politically, or aesthetically.
Each artist represented in the exhibition has developed their own strategies for coping with their lived realities and addressing (or not addressing) them in their art. The works displays sex, fragility, anger, courage, hope, nihilism, strength, fear, and beauty.
About the artist:
I was born in Saint Louis, Missouri. My mother found out she was pregnant with me two weeks after my father’s funeral. She always told me she found me under a rock. Took up drawing at age 3 and never put the crayons down. I never considered myself to fit in the “normal” world, so I looked to leave the midwest asap.
I went to Washington University in Saint Louis, graduated and luckily landed one of the only art related jobs in Saint Louis as a fashion illustrator which led to art directing fashion advertising. I also met the person who would be my significant other for the next 23 years. Moved to Chicago as an art director, first at Evan’s Furs then at Marshall Fields, but never stopped drawing.
Then I moved to NYC as art director at Bloomingdale’s, which i did for the next few years, then freelanced; worked at Conde Naste, Avon, Saks Fifth Avenue and Aerosoles.
Tired of city living moved to Hunterdon County in New Jersey, where I purchased my first home. But things changed within a 4 year period.
I lost my bf to a car accident. Lived through 911. And was laid off. My priorities changed and what was important shifted. So I put the pieces back together, got a new job, met someone new and after a trip to Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Alabama I realized i needed to draw again and try to fulfil my dream to be a full time artist.
About the artwork:
I purposely choose to use untraditional media. I create my works with various children’s art supplies including, crayons, magic markers, highlighters and colored pens. Using commercial box tops instead of traditional drawing surfaces has enabled me to break down pre-existing print, images, and textures while allowing the type and pictures from the box itself to become organically part of the portrait.
During the creative process, I discovered the need to deconstruct then reconstruct the face to fit within the shape of the box. The results are portraits that have a shattered appearance with broken and missing pieces but also form a more powerful, interesting and often disturbing viewpoint.
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To find out more about Dion Hitchings visit: www.dionhitching.com