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This small work bears many of the characteristics of Hilton's expressionistic abstractions of the later 1950s. A series of gestures in ochre, black and orange comprises a loose composition of irregular forms on a brown ground. The work's tentative title suggests the dialogue that existed in Hilton's work between figuration and abstraction. At the heart of many of his paintings lies a deliberate ambiguity between their plastic properties and possible meanings.
oil on board
13.5 x 23 cm
gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979