In 1953 Roger Hilton accompanied his friend, the Dutch artist Constant, to the Netherlands, where he studied the work of Piet Mondrian. Hilton was inspired by his works, but sought to create a modern adaptation of the abstract compositions, with more individualism. This work, February 1954
, is one of Hilton’s artworks that is most recognisably inspired by Mondrian’s work in its use of a red, black and white colour scheme.
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Original: Oil paint on canvas 127 x 101.6 cm © The estate of Roger Hilton
Roger Hilton (1911 – 1975) was a British abstract artist. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he won the Orpen prize in 1930. A pioneer of abstract art in Britain, Mondrian, Art Informel and Tachism were influences on his early work. He moved to Cornwall in 1965 and married fellow artist Rose Phipps. In Cornwall he became a prominent member of the St Ives School of artists, and his semi-figurative abstract works gained him international popularity. He won the John Moores First Prize in 1963, was awarded a CBE in 1968 for his contributions to art.