Roger Hilton

January 1954

About this artwork

The most abstract phase in Hilton’s oeuvre was between 1953-5. This work, from 1954, bears the influence of Dutch artists Constant, with whom Hilton corresponded in 1953, and Piet Mondrian, whose work Hilton had seen in Amsterdam the same year. The paintings that Hilton produced during this period are characterised by a simplified structure composed from a small number of forms, which emphasise the flatness of the surface. Although drawing on Mondrian’s austerity and purely conceptual spatial organisation, the forms Hilton utilised were based on randomness and appear to float in space - turning the painted surface into what he described as a “space-creating mechanism”.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    January 1954
  • date created:
    Dated 1954
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    125.00 x 102.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1981
  • accession number:
    GMA 2289
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Roger Hilton

Roger Hilton