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Hilton made his first abstract painting in 1950 and although based in England his early non-figurative works were strongly influenced by contemporary developments in Paris and in particular by the gestural and calligraphic styles of the 'Informal' painters. In 1951 he wrote 'Painting is feeling. There are situations, states of mind, moods etc., which call for some artistic expression; because one knows that only some form of art is capable of going beyond them to give an intuitive contact with a superior set of truths.'

August 2004