During the late 1950s, Roger Hilton began to make more frequent visits to Cornwall, eventually moving to St Just in 1965. He became associated with the St Ives School of artists, painting in an abstract manner unlike any of the other artists in St Ives. The minimal colour palette and energetic brushstrokes of this oil on canvas are typical of his works from this period as his painting became more improvisational. This was reflected in the techniques he used for the piece – laying paint on thickly using not only brushes but also a palette knife and the paint tubes themselves.
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Original: Oil paint on canvas 66 x 66 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.