Anthony Hill

Composition

About this artwork

This work, dating from 1950, when Hill was just twenty, displays the cubist influence of Juan Gris alongside aspects of Victor Pasmore’s early abstract compositions with connected segments of circles, triangles and rectangles. Hill has wittily found these forms in the wrappers of Pears soap bars. This idea of Dada appropriation of found materials remained important to him and, significantly, in 1951 he began to correspond with Marcel Duchamp. Hill has always maintained that Dada and Constructivism are closely related. He particularly admired Duchamp’s formal innovations – his renunciation of oil paint and his use of industrial materials, ideas which would become identifiable in Hill’s later work.

Anthony Hill

Anthony Hill