John Hitchcock’s current artwork consists of mythological hybrid creatures (buffalo, wolf, boar, deer, moose) and military weaponry (tanks and helicopters) based on his childhood memories and stories of growing up in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma next to the US field artillery military base Ft Sill. He explores notions of good, evil, death, and life cycles. His depictions of beasts, animals, and machines act as a metaphors for human behavior and cycles of violence. His artwork is a response to intrusive behaviour by humans towards nature and other humans.
John Hitchcock was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and grew up in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma He is an Artist and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his MFA in printmaking and photography at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas and received his BFA from Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma. He is the recipient of many honors and awards including: the American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar Fellowship at New York University, Tisch School of Arts; Jerome Foundation grant, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Vilas Associate Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His current works are a blend of printmaking, digital imaging, video, and installation that depict personal, social, and political views. Group Exhibitions of his art works include: Kumu Art Museum of Estonia (Tallinn, Estonia), Dalarnas Museum (Falun, Sweden), London Print Studio (London, England, UK), Universität der Künste (Berlin, Germany), Academy of Fine Art (Poznan, Poland), The American University (Cairo, Cairo, Egypt), International Center of Bethlehem, (Bethlehem, Palestine), The Nathan Homestead Community Arts Centre (Manurewa, New Zealand), Toimairangi School of Maori Visual Culture Te Wananga o Aotearoa, (Hastings Hawkes Bay, New Zealand), International Darmstadt Waldkunstpfad /Forest-Art-Path (Darmstadt, Germany), TransitARTen - Vogelfrei 5, Kunstentdeckungen in Privatgärten (Darmstadt, Germany), South African Museum (Cape Town, South Africa), Museu de Arte de Brasilia (Brasilia, Brazil), Seacourt Collaborative Press (Bangor, Ireland), IV International Biennial of Photography (Reus Catalonia, Spain), Museum of Contemporary Art (Santiago de Chile), Museum of Arts & Design ( New York City), Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis, Indiana), Naples Museum of Art (Naples, Florida), Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Anchorage Museum of Art History (Anchorage, Alaska), Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Institute of American Indian Art Museum (Santa Fe, New Mexico), 5+5 Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), New York University Tisch School of Arts (New York), Exit Art (New York), The Print Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Anton Gallery (Washington, DC).
Recent Solo Exhibitions include: Proyecto’ace, International Center for Visual Arts in South America (Buenos Aires, Argentina), University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland), Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York), The University of Arizona, School of Art (Tucson, Arizona), AICH Gallery (New York City), North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, North Dakota), Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan), Macalester College Art Gallery (St Paul, Minnesota), University of North Texas (Denton, Texas), Wisconsin Academy Gallery (Madison, Wisconsin), University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma), University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa), Intermedia Arts (Minneapolis, Minnesota), and Living Arts of Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma).