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Rose Hilton née Phipps, is a painter associated with the St. Ives School. Born in Kent, in 1931, she attended the Royal College of Art in London, winning the Life Drawing and Painting prize as well as the Abbey Minor Scholarship to Rome.
Upon her return to London, she began teaching art, and, in the late 1950s met her future husband, the leading abstract artist Roger Hilton. Roger actively discouraged his wife’s artistic endeavours, but following his death in 1975 she took up her brushes again. In 1977 she had her first solo show at Newlyn Art Gallery, and her post-impressionist, figurative paintings have achieved wide popularity.
- Article on Rose Hilton by Alex Wade on artcornwall.org website (July 2009)
- The Abbey Minor scholarship was the lesser of two annually awarded scholarships, enabling promising young artists to travel to and work in Rome
- Tate St Ives webpage for the Retrospective exhibition, shown 22 January to 11 May 2008
- Picture of Rose Hilton in her Penzance Studio in Tate etc magazine Issue 12 / Spring 2008 with links to two related articles.
- "Rose Hilton: Look who's painting now - Rose Hilton's strict Christian parents weren't keen on her becoming an artist. But the person who actually stopped her painting was her husband – a prominent artist himself. Now nearly 80, she has finally answered her calling" Fiona Clampin in The Guardian, Saturday 19 March 2011
- Rose Hilton Official website (managed by Messums)
- Interview by Fiona Clampin broadcast on BBC Radio 4 5/04/2011 (Sound recording).
- "The beauty of ordinary things" a pack for teachers with information and practical ideas for groups, produced by the Tate Gallery St Ives, accompanying the 2008 retrospective, written by Angie MacDonald