Ivon Hitchens CBE was born in London in 1893, the son of artist, Alfred Hitchens and his wife Ethel. He attended St John’s Wood Art School followed by the Royal Academy Schools from 1911 and at intervals throughout the First World War. During the 1920s and 30s he was a progressive painter associated with Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth as an elected member of the Seven and Five Society and the London Group. During the Second World War he moved to the seclusion of Sussex focused on painting vibrant and colourful, semi-abstract landscape, nudes and still life. He represented Britain at the 1956 Venice Biennale and was appointed CBE two years later.