Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Gavin Hitchings is a sculptor and jeweller whose works blur the line between the two. He is a respected artist, both nationally and internationally. In his career he has won numerous craft awards including two Queen Elizabeth the Second Arts Council grants. From 1986 to 1995 he lectured in craft design, jewellery and metals at the School of Visual Arts, N.M.I.T., (formerly the Nelson Polytechnic).

An artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, he has also served on many professional advisory bodies concerned with the arts, including the former New Zealand Crafts Council and the Advisory Committee to the School of Visual Arts, N.M.I.T.

Hitching’s works arose from a collaboration some ten years ago with sculptor Graham Bennett. Bennett’s 1988 work Boulder Bank Project was concerned with the relationship that develops between architecture and the land it rests on. Hitchings interpreted this work in miniature, as sculpture become jewellery, and it is a theme that has continued to inform his work, sculpture and jewellery, ever since.

His work has featured in numerous books and journals, the latest being an article by Dr. Cassandra Fusco in World Sculpture News, Spring 2001.

His exhibition history is very extensive both nationally and internationally.

His most recent sculpture was a six metre stainless steel work now placed in Muyazu, Japan. This was a gift from the Nelson City Council to its sister city.