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Opening Reception: Artist of the Month – Dion Hitchings, “Portraits on Recycled Trash”

  • Gallery on Main 30 West Main Street Somerville, NJ, 08876 United States (map)
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Join us for an opening reception celebrating our May 2018 "Artist of the Month" exhibition, featuring mixed-media portraiture by Milford, New Jersey-based artist Dion Hitchings. Meet this talented artist, see a selection of his work, and mingle with other artists and art lovers. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public. All of the works on view will be available for purchase.

Dion Hitchings creates artistically sophisticated works using what he calls “untraditional media” — various children’s art supplies including crayons, magic markers, highlighters and colored pens. He explains, “Using consumer boxes, discarded furniture and  ‘trash’ 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 recycled object 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 surface.”

Dion's inspirations are “varied and vast, everything from dreams and Indians, nuns and demons, the Jerry Springer Show and chickens to sins and celebrities.” He describes his art as reflecting his world: “Guaranteed to be colorful, self-revealing, emotional, childlike and an ‘eyefull.’”