A muscular disease rendered Roger Hilton bedridden in the 1970s. Despite this, he continued to paint, producing works on paper using materials like gouache, poster paints, charcoal and children’s brushes to paint works with child-like themes of animals, boats and figures. Foliage with Orange Caterpillar
is one of these works, painted in 1974, a year before Hilton’s death.
Foliage with Orange Caterpillar
Date of work
Original: Gouache and charcoal on paper 54.5 x 61.5 x 2 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.