Nilson Gallery

The Nilson Gallery features the work of New Jersey artists, including the New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, a unique and exciting forum for NJ artists who have never had a one-person show of their work in our State. The artists selected for this Series represent the diversity of talent in the State and demonstrate their creativity in a wide variety of media. Gallery talks scheduled during the exhibitions offer artists the opportunity to share their stories and provide insight about what inspires and drives them in the creative process. 

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Dion Hitchings, Portraits on Recycled Consumer Boxes
August 19- September 18, 2016

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Image: Left: Lone Survivor, Crayon, Magic Marker, Colored Pen, White Paint on Whole Entenmann’s Pastry Recycled Consumer Box 13″ x 15.8″2016
Right: Curly, Crayon, Magic Marker, Colored Pen, White Paint on Cheerios Recycled Consumer Box,  9.7″ x 14.5″ 2016
Artist Statement:
Within my artwork I have found my own “unique world” which has no rules or boundaries. My inspirations are varied and vast, everything from dreams and Indians, nuns and demons, the Jerry Springer Show and chickens to sins and celebrities. My world and therefore my art, is guaranteed to be colorful, self-revealing, emotional, childlike and an “eye full” to all who view it.

I purposely choose to use untraditional media. I create my works with various children’s art supplies including, crayons, magic markers, highlighters and colored pens. Using recycled commercial boxes instead of traditional drawing surfaces has enabled me to break down pre-existing print, images, and textures while allowing the type and pictures from the box itself to become organically part of the portrait. During the creative process, I discovered the need to deconstruct then reconstruct the face to fit within the shape of the box. The results are portraits that have a shattered appearance with broken and missing pieces but also form a more powerful, interesting and often disturbing viewpoint.

Portraits on Recycled Consumer Boxes will offer a glimpse of my own unique world that is filled with altered and more complex viewpoints and an opportunity for the viewer to Think Outside the Box.

Upcoming Artists Talks

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Portraits on Recycled Consumer Boxes
Artist Dion Hitchings will give a Gallery Talk: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 7-8 pm
Free and Open to the Public

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Artist Mauro Zamora will give a Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7-8 pm
Free and Open to the Public