Painted in Newlyn, this work draws heavily on imagery from the town's harbour. Passages of thick black paint and lighter washes occupy the lower half of the composition, suggestive of boat-forms, water and quayside. Drawn charcoal lines punctuate the unpainted upper section. Hilton's practice at this time emphasised informality and improvisation. His range of mark-making allowed for drawn and smeared lines and areas of heavy impasto within a single image. From the mid-1950s his work balanced representation and formal abstraction.
Where to see this painting?
The Pier Arts Centre
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