is an oil painting typical of Hilton’s body of abstract work from the late 1950-early 1960s. The bold shapes found here recur over and over in his paintings from the 1960s, and sometimes suggest figures or landscapes. The vivid yet minimal colour palette and energetic brushstrokes give the painting a sense of immediacy, and Hilton believed that in painting ‘the act makes the meaning’.
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Original: Oil paint on canvas 88.9 x 106.7 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.