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Lot 16: Rose Hilton

Lot 16: Rose Hilton On The Balcony 2009
61 x 51 cm, Oil on canvas

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Rose Hilton, nee Phipps, was born in Kent in 1931. Rose first studied at the Beckenham Schoool of Art. In 1953 she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. After a serious bout of tuberculosis which forced her retreat to a sanatorium for a year, Rose returned to the Royal College in 1955 and went from strength to strength, winning the Life Drawing and Painting Prize as well as the Abbey Minor scholarship to Rome in 1958, where she spent a year. On her return she met and fell in love with the artist Roger Hilton. The couple married in 1965 and set up home together in a house on Botallack Moor, St Just, where they lived until Roger’s early death in 1975. Rose still lives and works in Botallack.

Rose Hilton has steadily built a reputation as a major St Ives artist. At a retrospective held at Tate St Ives in January – May 2008, and at the October 2016 exhibition at Messum’s the paintings were chosen to reflect the increasingly abstract nature of Rose’s work, though she rarely abandons figuration entirely. Rose Hilton & Friends: Fifty Years in Cornwall was the inaugural exhibition in the new gallery space in Tremenheere, near Penzance, in January 2017.

Rose Hilton is represented by Messum’s.