Flatlander, 2017 • . Courtesy of the artist
Inspired by the long history of social and political commentary within the discipline of printmaking, Hitchcock frequently uses the medium to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. His artworks examine notions of safety, security and protection, not just of country, but our environment and flora and fauna.
Hitchcock uses images of beads, bombs, floral patterns, buffalo and owls to speak about issues of indigenous historical trauma. Many of the images are interpretations of stories told by his Kiowa/Comanche grandparents and abstract representations influenced by beadwork, land, and culture.
John Hitchcock is an Artist, Professor and Associate Dean of Arts at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He earned his MFA at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
Hitchcock’s work has been exhibited at numerous national and international venues including: “Flatlander: Belonging to The Land” Solo exhibition at The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota (2018); “The Shape of Things: New Approaches to Indigenous Abstraction” at the Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana (2018); Weaving Past into Present: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking" at the International Print Center New York, Chelsea Gallery, New York (2015) and Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2017); “National Sanctuary” Solo exhibition at the Museum of Wisconsin Arts, West Bend, Wisconsin (2016); “Traces of the Plains” Solo exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2014); “Songs for Spirit Lake” The Rauschenberg Project Space, New York, New York (2013); “Air, Land, Seed” on the occasion of the Venice Biennale 54th International Art at the University of Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy (2013); “Envisioning The Plains” Solo exhibition at the American Culture Center in Shanghai, Shanghai, China (2012); the Kumu Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia; London Print Studio, London, England, UK; South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chile; Museum of Arts & Design, New York; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Exit Art, New York; and the Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.