'March 1963' 1963 - Roger Hilton

This is mainly patches of one colour quickly painted onto the bottom two thirds of the canvas. This has been overlaid with abstract black lines and more paint of a similar colour.

Oil on canvas, 116.8 x 177.8cm

Accession Number WAG6197

This painting won first prize in the fourth John Moores exhibition (1963). It is typical of the spontaneous and lyrical abstraction which Hilton first developed in the 1950s. It is characterised by the mix of interdependent areas of pure colour with freely and gesturally painted lines. Sometimes these have overtones of the human form and are often charged with erotic energy; at others they are akin to primitive scribbling.