• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 132

    Roger Hilton (1911-1975)

    Untitled 67

    Price Realised  

    Roger Hilton (1911-1975)
    Untitled 67
    signed and dated 'HILTON/'67' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    24 x 20 in. (60.9 x 50.8 cm.)


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    Oils of this period are often characterised by abstract presences rising from the picture's edges towards the centre of the composition (see A. Lewis, Roger Hilton, Aldershot, 2003, p. 112). In this work, a spikey heavily painted black shape appears to rise upward from the bottom edge of the canvas, piercing a delicately out-lined arc, but stopping short of the bold red band which crosses the canvas. Hilton is demonstrating in this work his preoccupation with the placing of irregular shapes and contours and their relationship to each other in the spatial organisation of the composition. Hilton was just as interested in the role played by the spaces between the forms as the shapes themselves.
    Patrick Heron praised Hilton, calling him 'a natural painter ... that is to say, he cannot put brush to canvas without creating a splotch, smear, streak, strain or smudge that is charged with expressive quality' (P. Heron, The Changing Forms of Art, London, 1955, p. 200).

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    Provenance

    The artist's estate.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 30 May 1997, lot 110, where purchased by the present owner.


    Exhibited

    London, Waddington Galleries, British Art from 1930, February - March 1991, no. 14, illustrated.