Introduction

Rose Hilton Godrevy Lighthouse 2003

Rose Hilton
Godrevy Lighthouse 2003
Oil on canvas
508 x 60 mm
Private collection
Photo: Simon Cook
© Rose Hilton

This selected retrospective represents 57 years of activity by Rose Hilton (b.1931) and has been curated by Susan Daniel-McElroy. It is the first to be held in a national institution and includes 35 paintings and 21 drawings that celebrate the themes she has explored throughout her life. Included are evocative and hedonistic interiors, celebratory still lives, shimmering landscapes and sensitive paintings and drawings of the figure depicted with beauty and humanity.

Rose Hilton was born in Kent, the middle child of a family of seven, and brought up within the Plymouth Brethren Sect. From 1953–7 she trained at the Royal College of Art London, where Carel Weight praised her understanding of colour and 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.