Tristram Hillier 1905–1983

Artist biography

Tristram HILLIER b. 1905

Painter of landscape, still life and occasional religious subjects executed with meticulous finish. Born 11 April 1905 in Peking. Studied at Christ's College, Cambridge, 1922–4 and at the Slade School 1926; later in Paris under André Lhote and at the Atelier Colarossi. Lived in the South of France until 1940; travelled widely in the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Spain, etc. First one-man exhibition at the Lefevre Gallery 1931. Member of Unit One 1933. Served in the R.N.V.R. 1940–3, then settled in Somerset and painted agricultural subjects in the same precise manner. Has also spent much time since the war in Spain and Portugal. Author of an autobiography Leda and the Goose 1954. A.R.A. 1957. Retrospective exhibition at the Worthing Art Gallery 1960.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I