Dion Hitchens’ contemporary sculptures function as icons on a landscape, helping to signify the ‘unseen’. They allow an audience access to stories, values and philosophies that help shape communities, businesses, and individuals. He recently completed work with Fonterra assisting them with the alignment of their company values to cultural stories, achieved through the creation of a touch stone for their foyer.
His work can be found in major collections around the country including Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Waikato Museum and Auckland Art Gallery. He also has work in the public art collections of Auckland Council and Hamilton City Council.
Hitchens is of Tuhoe, Ngati Porou, (New Zealand Maori), Chinese, English and Scottish descent. A global citizen with a tribal view.
Dion Hitchens’ work engages the ‘space between’ our personal paradigms, a space informed from both culture and philosophical values. He says, “I provide icons for both historical and personal stories being most interested in the ‘unseen’ values, experiences and philosophies that inform our relationships to the natural world around us. I am interested in how the values from the past can inform our actions for the future. My work explores the connection between all things (Whakapapa).”
2015: Waikato Museum – Whenua Ora, Fonterra Punga – The carving of an anchor stone for Fonterra’s Foyer to be located in their new head office building in Auckland, Paul Nache Gallery – The mind follows the breath the heart follows the soul.
2014: New Zealand Sculpture on Shore, Corbans Estate Arts Centre – The White Tiger of the West. Matariki exhibition), Whakatane Museum – Mandala Exhibition
2013: Whakatane Museum – Te Urewera Conversations, Taiwan Residency –Austronesian connections, Fangliao F3 Artist residency,
2012: Seek, Mangere Arts Center – Nga Tohu o Uenuku
2011: Completion of Rototuna Public Commission, Hamilton; Paul Nache Gallery, Dragon kings daughter solo show, Auckland Art Fair, Victoria University Melbourne, collaborative project Masterton