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Brown, Yellow and Black

© estate of Roger Hilton. All rights reserved, DACS 2016. Photo credit: The Pier Arts Centre

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The irregular black, aubergine and yellow forms in this work define an informal grid composition, emphasised by the two intersecting black lines in the lower margin. The dominant pale rectangle is constructed using cross-hatched lines, reminiscent of graffiti, scratched into the paint. The example of Dutch painters Constant and Mondrian had a profound impact on Hilton's work in the 1950s. This work is typical of Hilton's organic non-figuration; dense painted forms contrast with gestural linear passages creating an expressive composition anchored by Hilton's formal concerns.

The Pier Arts Centre


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    41 x 61 cm

  • Accession number

    PAC 29

  • Acquisition method

    gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979


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