Harold Hitchcock: Artist of Light


I would like to introduce you to a dear friend and brother. Harold Hitchcock is an artist working in Devon. Harold is now well into his eighties but he still goes into his studio and paints every day, completely absorbed in the scenes unfolding on his canvas as he ‘listens’ attentively to the heart of his inspiration, an inner voice of light. The following are the words of Harold about his art and motivation. They are recorded by his son, Leonard and can be read in full over at Undiscovered Worlds where more of his light-filled paintings can also be seen.

The true function of the arts is to guide man towards his true destiny, towards a true understanding of himself and his inner nature. As we advance on the evolutionary scale, so must we proclaim that state of spiritual realization we have grasped or comprehended through whatever medium we may choose, rather like a bridge to help other people. The artist must cut across the spirit of the age. It is not his function to reflect the conditions of the age…but to follow the unmistakable voice within—the light that should be made known… My belief is that there is one over-riding creator, one supreme creator, that pervades everything— inanimate things, nature, as well as man himself. And it’s simply a question of having the courage to completely surrender to that, and to lead a good life as far as is possible, so that one can develop inwardly. It’s all a question of receiving what we feel inwardly

\'Figures In A Garden\' 2004 9ins. x 12ins. Acrylic on paper

When I was a child I was staying with my grandfather in a little village…called Thundersley. It was a very rural area. My grandfather had a long garden, and at the bottom of it there was a row of very tall trees—elm trees. I happened to be up early one morning, and I saw the sunlight shining right through the foliage of the trees. I remember the rays of light were spraying out, creating a sense of depth in the trees and the surrounding area, and glinting on the bark of trees, giving them an almost jewel-like quality. I’ll always remember the effect it had on me…it was a very uplifting feeling, and it remained with me throughout my life. This experience was the germ of it all. It drove me to become a painter, because I wanted to capture that atmosphere, that vision of light. I paint to create the world I live in mentally, or spiritually…the world of this vision. When I start to paint, I automatically find myself painting a picture which is a transcription of that world. When I paint I just follow this feeling, without letting myself think about it. The play of light on objects has fascinated me ever since. When I look at trees and at light, I look at where the light comes through the foliage, the planes of light passing through the trees; even in the darkest shadow you can still see the light passing through. Whenever I visit places, I gravitate towards those aspects that bring that memory back, a memory which, in its essence, has remained with me

Thundersley

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6 thoughts on “Harold Hitchcock: Artist of Light

  1. Harold is a very remarkable man, though i have never met him, we write to each other and keep in touch via a mutural friend, he sends me cards that he has painted, how i feel truly blessed to have these, his writings are just as touching and beautiful and of which i will treasure for always.

  2. Hello Annette, thank you for sharing your thoughts on Harold and his art. He is indeed a remarkable man and touches the hearts of many through his art and his words

  3. I came upon this site searching Harold. I met him a few times in Carmel California in 1999 or so…I have a painting of his titled Reunion. It feels good to see he is so recognized. Meeting him was an artist’s spiritual experience. He would touch our heart, literally, and inform us that we all had this creativity he so beautifully expressed. I live in Antigua now, and am a painter as well as an artist of other mediums.
    Annee

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