Jason Hicklin was born in Wolverhampton in 1966 and studied at St. Martin s College of Art where he was a student of the renowned printmaker Norman Ackroyd. After, and completing a postgraduate course at the Central School of Art in 1991, Hicklin combined working as Ackroyd’s studio assistant and editioner with producing his own work.
Hicklin’ s paintings and etchings capture the feel of the weather and its effect on the landscape. All Jason’s work is begun outdoors. Carrying the minimum of equipment, he will walk and climb the desired area for days and sometimes nights, usually in extreme weather. Hicklin describes working outdoors in these tense and exciting conditions as a tremendously connecting experience – feeling a part of the land itself. The result is a striking record of the elemental collisions between earth, sea and weather. He conveys the bleak essence of driving rain, when the mist closes down and masters the polarities of bright skies and shadowed rocks. His work is charged with an atmosphere born of an intimate knowledge of the landscape and a direct physical experience of its changing moods.
Hicklin was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painters and Printmakers in 1993 and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions including exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the London Contemporary Art Fair. He has also taken part in touring exhibitions in France and Barcelona. He has been awarded the Hunting Art Prize at the Royal College of Art and the Julian Trevelyan RE Memorial Prize at the National Printmaking Exhibition in 1997.