Living with Painting documents the late Rose Hilton in her home and working environment in Botallack, Cornwall. The film sees her talk about her life in Cornwall, her late husband Roger Hilton and we spend time watching her paint in her studio.
Rose Hilton (August 1931 – March 2019) was a British painter living in Cornwall. She was known for her sensitive paintings and drawings of the figure depicted with beauty and humanity. From 1953–7 she trained at the Royal College of Art London, she won the Life Drawing and Painting Prize as well as the Abbey Minor Scholarship to Rome in 1958. On returning from Italy in 1959, Rose spent a short time teaching and exhibiting in London, where she met the artist Roger Hilton. In 1965 they married and, together with their two sons, moved to Botallack Moor, St Just, Cornwall.
As a family friend of the artist, film-maker Henry Monk recognised Rose Hilton would be a great subject for study, with her warm personality and her inspiring commitment to her art. Monk is a filmmaker from Cornwall living in London. He is passionate about authenticity and enjoying the film-making process. He creates films with a collective of artists from Cornwall.
Living with Painting is programmed in relation to Tate St Ives' current exhibition Huguette Caland.