Virtual Art Gallery and living Flamenco Museum

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Ron left a substantial and important art collection which is currently being curated. Selected items will be released for sale from time to time to fund projects to promote his legacy such as an art book of his life. As more of Ron’s work is released it will be announced on his website and in future newsletters. To arrange viewings, which we recommend, and for pricing, please contact:

Mike Jingle:
E-mail Flamenco.Jingle@hotmail.com
Mob. +44 (0) 7563370324

Or Russell Whitbread:
E-mail RussellWhitbread@gmail.com
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FINANCIAL TIMES Article Oct. 2021

House of the spirits: the magical afterlife of No 43

The flamenco dancer and artist Ron Hitchin lived in the same house in Hackney for nearly 70 years. It has now become the launchpad for a new interiors brand, Atelier LK.

VOGUE MAGAZINE Sept. 2021

Inside No 43, London’s Coolest Interiors Destination Right Now

This month sees Atelier LK formally launch with an exhibition, No 43, at the former home of Chinese-Lithuanian artist and dancer Ron Hitchins in London Fields, displaying a range of Hitchins’s works alongside pieces from contemporary designers inspired by either the space or Hitchins’s life.

Ron Hitchins infamous 4 poster bed

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About Ron Hitchins

Ron Hitchins was born in Poplar 20 April 1926. He passed away peacefully in Hackney 19 November 2019 at the age of 93.
Ron was the quintessential Londoner, born and brought up in Pennyfields, the original Limehouse Chinatown, to a Chinese father and a Lithuanian mother.
He was a Bevin Boy during the War, working down the coal mines in Nottinghamshire. He always loved Jazz, and used to spend his leave in London, jiving at the Feldman Club, later the 100 Club. He later apprenticed as a toolmaker, which would come in useful when he became a sculptor. He started his creative career by making shirts to sell in Petticoat Lane. He had them made up in the best fabrics such as Sea Island Cotton and he would personally embroider monograms on the pockets.
Ron just wanted to earn enough money to enable him to go out and dance in the evenings. He refused business offers to expand and was keen to keep his prices down, to make his shirts affordable.
Ron discovered flamenco when he saw the famous 'Antonio and Rosario' perform at the Cambridge Theatre in 1951, from then on Flamenco and later his artwork became the focus of his life. In August 1957 he jived non-stop for 24 hours and five minutes, to win a bet that he couldn't dance for a full day. (The extra five minutes or so were just added on for the joy of it).
He took up sculpture and gave up the shirts when he found he could scrape a living selling his tiles and sculptures. He was known as the Naked Sculptor, as he disliked the heat of casting his pieces clothed (and wanted the freedom, no doubt). He worked to the sound of his favourite Bebop Jazz, or Sarah Vaughan.

 

 

 

 

Virtual Art Gallery and living Flamenco Museum

Exhibitions

Date


Medium


Colour /BW


Description


Taken by/Note


30 June to 30 July


1964


Gallery Card


BW


A GROUP OF SIX, The
John Whibley
Gallery
, 60 George Street, W1.  RH
Listed


Published by John Whibley Gallery


5 January to 13


February 1965


Gallery card


BW


ARTISTS OF THE
GALLERY,
The John Whibley Gallery, 60 George
Street, W1.  RH listed as sculptor
permanently showing at the gallery.


Published by John Whibley Gallery


19 April to 7 May


1966


Gallery card


BW


Ron Hitchins First Solo Exhibition.  RH First one-man show at the John Whibley Gallery, 60 George Street, W1.


Published by John Whibley Gallery


28 April 1967


Exhibitors’
varnishing


& Season


Ticket


C


The Royal Academy
of Arts
199th
Exhibition 1967
.  Catalogue numbers
1428, 1433.


The Royal Academy of the Arts


16 May to 3 June


1967


Gallery card


BW


Ron Hitchins ceramic and fibreglass panels.  RH solo exhibition at John Whibley Gallery, 60 George Street, W1


Published by John Whibley Gallery


7 October to 9 December 1967


Exhibitors single season ticket


C


To The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
where RH was exhibiting.


The Royal Glasgow Institute of
Fine Arts


Until 17 February 1968


Gallery card


BW


Painters and
Sculptors of the Gallery also Permanent Exhibition of Graphics
at the John Whibley
Gallery
 


Published by John Whibley Gallery


Undated 5 May


Invitation


BW


From St Catherine’s
College Art Society
to see ceramics by RH (and paintings by Michael Tain)


Issued by St Catherine’s College
Art Society


15 September to 13


October 1968


Exhibition Catalogue


Gold


Hampstead Artists’
Council Ltd. Exhibition


Hampstead Artists’ Council Ltd


19 April 1969 to 3


May 1969


Exhibition Catalogue


C


Hackney Festival, 4th
Annual Arts Exhibition 


London Borough of Hackney,


Libraries and Amenities
Committee


1970


Exhibition Catalogue


B


Hackney Library
Services


Hackney Library Services


5 October 1971


Programme


BW


A Spanish Song and
Dance Show
, Stoke Newington
Assembly Hall
, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16.


Organised by London Borough of
Hackney Library Services


12 November to 5


December 1971


Exhibition Catalogue


BW


Exhibiting at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road,
London NW3.   


Organised by the Hampstead


Artists’ Council Ltd


15-23 April 1977


Exhibition Catalogue


C


12th
Annual Arts Exhibition Hackney Jubilee Festival


Hackney Libraries and Amenities
Committee


Date


Medium


Colour /BW


Description


Taken by/Note


12 March to 16


March 1975


Exhibition Catalogue


Art


Hampstead Old Town
Hall
, Haverstock Hill, London NW3. 


Published by The Circle Artists


18 April to 2 May


1975


Exhibition Catalogue


C


Hackney Festival,
10th Annual Arts Exhibition


 


20-22 April 1976


Exhibition Invitation


BW


Exhibition of
RH at the Temple Lodge, Hammersmith.  


Published by RH


April 15-23 1977


Exhibition catalogue


C


Annual Arts
Exhibition Hackney Jubilee Festival


Hackney Libraries and Amenities
Committee


Undated circa May 1977


Gallery brochure


BW


Heal’s Art Gallery (Source for date: Ideal
Home magazine May 1977)


Heal’s
Art Gallery


16 July to


14 September C1980


Exhibition Brochure


C


An Exhibition of
Photographs, Hackney Creates at the Geffrye Museum


Hackney Umbrella Arts Project


9-15 March 1982


Exhibition Brochure


C


17th
Annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition 


Hackney Leisure Services


21 November 2015


Exhibition Brochure


BW


Open Cinema
Home.  Ron Hitchins; Made in Hackney
a 10 minute film  


Open School East publication.


Undated 15-31 October


Exhibition Catalogue


BW


Glass and
Reflective Surfaces for Architecture, Euston Station Concourse and Piazza


Richard Demarco


Undated


Exhibition Catalogue


Blue


An Exhibition of
Paintings and Sculpture
by John Wobey and RH.


LB Hackney Library Services


World of Flamenco

Ron Hitchins was a living flamenco legend in the UK scene during the 60’s and 70’s but his influence spanned over 50 years. From the moment he cast eyes on Antonio and Rosario in the 1950’s at the Cambridge Theatre, his Hackney home became THE meeting place and party dance centre for every famous flamenco artist to visit the capital. The Spanish said of him “Tu eres muy Flamenca” (for us you ARE flamenco).  

Artwork For Sale

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Ron Hitchins’ Original
Four Poster Bed

Hand-made by Ron Hitchins for his own personal use, the frame is made from deal wood and decorated with 3582 hand-made 2” ceramic tiles, each one unique.

Ron constructed the bed as a present to himself for his 50th birthday in 1976. He spent nearly 15 hours a day over three months to construct it. The bed measures 1981 mm long x 2134 mm high x 1422 mm wide.

It comes with its original red velvet covering. The bed also features electric lighting at 2 corners of the canopy (not 4 as shown) and an overhead bronze-tinted mirror which can be hidden behind curtains (not included) and drawn open by means of a pull cord at the head of the bed. There are also four clips below the base which were apparently designed for use with restraints.

The bed has been solidly constructed yet designed to be easily disassembled. The top lifts off the verticle uprights and the bed base is fixed to the head and footboards by four sliding bolts.

It has been shown at several exhibitions and in 1981, Harrods offered Ron £4,000 for the bed.

There are two original drawings which will accompany the sale together with copies of various press cuttings that feature or mention the bed.

Letters from the past

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Ron wasn’t shy in striking up correspondences with characters that intrigued or aroused his interests. This led to many personal letters and tributes from more prominent contemporaries in the worlds of film and TV, art and flamenco, some of which will be featured here in the coming months.

Despite his nicknames of  ‘The Prince of Petticoat Lane‘ and ‘El Flash‘, Hitchins didn’t court fame or fortune as he didn’t want his Hackney life to change. He did however enter into correspondence with artists he admired amongst many were Ernest Hemmingway, Sara Barass and Mario Maya. Many personal artifacts and letters survive his death and are held in the collection.

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