Royal Academy: John Hewitt

In May this year Illustration with Animation Senior Lecturer John Hewitt, had two drawings accepted for this years Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This is one of many appearances at the RA summer show for John and on this occasion consisted of two highly detailed pencil drawings of everyday, slightly care worn, porcelain figurines.

John Hewitt -a brief description of the two drawings in his own words:

My imagery frequently addresses notions of personal or collective memory. This is evident in my recent still-life pencil drawings of antique ceramic figures. During the nineteenth century countless British mantelpieces were enlivened by items of mass-produced, hand-painted, flat-backed Staffordshire pottery. Those pieces that have survived into the twenty-first century are often chipped, crazed, cracked and partially repaired. Traces of past ownership and long forgotten domestic mishaps bestow individuality and fresh meaning on these modest but quietly enigmatic ornaments.

Ancestral figures mid victorian couple
Ancestral Figures, Mid Victorian Couple ©WJ Hewitt


Ancestral figures two dogs with a barrel
Ancestral Figures, Two Dogs and a Barrel ©WJ Hewitt

My work is housed in several major collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Museum of London, the British Council and the Government Art Collection. In 2008 I completed a doctorate on drawing and memory at Manchester School of Art. I am an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and was elected to the Manchester Academy of Fine Art in 2011.

John Hewitt – daily drawings on Instagram 

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August 2015: John Hewitt7/7 sketches put on permanent display at the Museum of London exhibition.


Author: Ian Whadcock

Senior Lecturer Manchester School of Art, BA(Hons) Illustration with Animation course.