Roger Hilton

January 1957


Not on display
Roger Hilton 1911–1975
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 660 x 660 mm
frame: 699 x 699 x 43 mm
Purchased 1958

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This is one of the first works Hilton painted in St Ives following his decision to move to Cornwall late in 1956. By this time his severely abstract Neo-Plastic phase of the early 1950s was passing. As 'January 1957' shows, Hilton's painting became more improvisatory and expressionistic. The surface of the paint is broken up and lines are freely drawn. The artist used a range of techniques, including palette knife, brush and drawing straight from the paint tube. The move towards more muted, earthy colour and solid, organic form is also apparent. These changes were no doubt inspired by the shapes and colours of the Cornish landscape.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

T00173 JANUARY 1957 1957
Inscr. on back, ‘Roger Hilton Jan. 1957’.
Canvas, 26×26 (66×66).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1958.
Exh: Metavisual, Tachiste, Abstract Painting in England To-day, Redfern Gallery, April–May 1957 (148), as ‘Painting, 1957, I’; 50 Ans de Peinture abstraite, Galerie Creuze, Paris, May–June 1957 (165); I.C.A., February–March 1958 (20, repr.).
Repr: Connoisseur, CXLVIII, 1961, p.313.

Painted at St Ives in the spring of 1957, this was the first of a series. It was painted just before a picture of the same size purchased by the Contemporary Art Society which is also non-figurative.

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


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