Roger Hilton’s sketchbooks consistently featured figurative drawings of female nudes, and in the 1960s these began to feature in his formal works. Speaking of wanting to ‘reinvent figuration’, Hilton began combining aspects of his abstract works with the figurative images he drew, expanding beyond what he saw as the limitations of abstract art. Figure, February
is one example of this, from 1962.
Date of work
Original: Oil paint and charcoal on canvas 147.3 x 182.9 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.