Roger Hilton became associated with the St Ives School of artists during this period, and also had his work compared to the Abstract Expressionist movement. The natural greens and greys of March 1960
, together with the frenzied charcoal marks and paint splatters, make these associations easy to discern. In pieces like this, Hilton was challenging the conventions of oil painting, by using charcoal as a visible component of the piece.
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Original: Oil paint and charcoal on canvas 101.6 x 152.4 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.