Graeme Hitchcock is a sculptor and painter based in Wellington. He creates figurative sculptures in cast glass and bronze.
It wasn't until age 40 that Hitchcock began seriously exploring painting in oils and creating sculptures in glass and bronze. However, he had a rapid positive response to his work and quickly developed a strong portfolio with the figure at the centre. Depicting the figure is continually alluring to the artist, for the ability the subject has to communicate a range of emotion. Hitchcock enjoys exploring the full spectrum of human feeling from intense joy, through to sadness and loss, sometimes also depicting conflicting and mixed emotions.
Hitchcock has become well known for his Man Looking collection which depicts men with tipped heads and upward facing noses, often dressed in conventional black suits. Hitchcock developed the idea after seeing a group of men waiting at a bus stop in Auckland, who had their hands in their pockets, looking up as they waited to catch the bus to another day of work. Along with the whimsy of the figure's expressions, these pieces are cast in a range of vibrant colours, which adds a playful contrast to the suited subject.
Hitchcock exhibits his work widely throughout New Zealand. He has had numerous successful solo shows and group shows, has been selected for significant sculpture shows such as Sculpture on Shore and the Wallace Art Awards, and has been acquired into the important collection of the Wallace Arts Trust.
“My works do not always relate, yet they all have subtle connections. The distorted bodies, unnatural angled hairless heads, large hands, is because they are creations from my subconscious and that is how they wish to be exposed. I hope that my art will make the observer smile, laugh or question.” - Graeme Hitchcock