Roger HILTON

1911-1975

Untitled c.1970-72

 

oil & charcoal on board

122 by 122 cm

framed: 

signed & inscribed on the reverse

in a stripped pine tennon jointed frame under UV glass and perspex backed.

PROVENANCE

Estate of the artist​;

Private collection until 2022

EXHIBITIONS

London 2011, Roger Hilton. Going out with a Bang. The Last Decade, Jonathan Clark & Co, cat.36

LITERATURE

Adrian Lewis, Roger Hilton, Ashgate 2003, illus. no. 58;

Andrew Lambert, Roger Hilton. The Figured Language of Thought, Thames & Hudson, London 2007;

Roger Hilton. Going out with a Bang. The Last Decade, Jonathan Clark & Co, ext. cat., 2011

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The last great, late, Hilton. Although undated, the work must have been completed before Hilton was unable to use his first floor studio in his Botallack cottage. From October 1972 Hilton was confined to the ground floor, suffering from the collective effects of alcoholism and unable to paint in his studio upstairs. Peripheral Neuritis (nerve damage) was slowly robbing him of the use of his limbs and he remained mostly bed ridden on the lower floor - although wonderfully prolific in the medium of poster paints on paper - for his remaining life.

Roger Hilton won the John Moore's prize in 1963 and exhibited in the British Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 1964 winning the UNESCO Prize. It was his method of blending apparent control with uninhibited spontaneity that launched Hilton onto the international stage, his radical individualism giving him a justified reputation as one of the most thrilling and trailblazing artists in Post-War British art.

Selected exhibitions

1952 Gimpel Fils, London

1958 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

1960 Waddington Galleries, London

1961 Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zurich

1962 Waddington Galleries, London

1963 John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool (1st Prize)

1964 XXXII Venice Biennale (UNESCO Prize)

1974 Serpentine Gallery, London (retrospective)

1977 Waddington Galleries, London

!993 Haywood Gallery, London (retrospective)

2006 Tate Gallery, St. Ives

2008 Kettles Yard, Cambridge

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Roger Hilton photographed c.1965 by Lord Snowdon for the book 'Private View: The Lively World of British Art'

Collections

Arts Council Collection, London

British Council Collection

British Museum, London

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard

Government Art Collection

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

National Portrait Gallery, London

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Tate Gallery, London

Victoria & Albert Museum

Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven

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