Sunday, February 17, 2008

Rose Hilton

Rose Hilton: The Beauty of Ordinary Things a Selected Retrospective 1950 -2007 is the new exhibition at Tate St Ives. Whilst not a great fan of Rose Hilton I was moved by the atmospheric interiors in these works, the smokey greys set against the vivid blues capture autumn days in Penwith with a deft hand. Gallery 3 has the Artists on Artists exhibition where Rose Hilton has chosen a group of works by artists that have inspired or influenced her work. these include Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson.
The work that is the most evocative for me is in Gallery 1, where Cornish born painter Margo Maeckelberghe is showing Extended Landscapes. These expressive coastal and moorland landscapes explore the rhythms of the underlying structures.
Illustrated is Highland Carne 1972 which shows broard sweeps of red/brown winter bracken and striking yellow of spring furze set against the omnipresent greys of granite boulders and rain laden sky.

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