John Hinchcliffe – ‘The Definitive Works of a Decorative Artist’, The Salisbury Museum, The Kings House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, until 16th January 2016.
John Hinchcliffe (1949-2010) was a multi-talented man whose very individual style marked his weaving, ceramics and pictures and many of these reflect his love for nature and the rural such as is found in his lino-prints but equally so in his ceramics and textiles. Indeed much of his work between 1986 and 1991 was done at his Sixpenny Handley studio some fourteen miles from Salisbury.
The exhibition reveals his love of colour and experimentation in all the aspects of his work and is a visual feast through which we learn much about the artist. It is aptly summed up by Kim van Rensburg, the museum’s exhibitions officer who said ‘These exhibits illustrate just how Hinchcliffe’s fascination with materials and surface decoration consistently challenged him, leading him to push both at the boundaries of making and use of materials.’
Co-curators: Wendy Barber (Hinchcliffe’s wife and design partner) and Jac Arnold
Consultant: Professor Simon Olding