Signs of Colour

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Derek Balmer, 'First Snow, Tuscany', oil on canvas 51 x 61cm
Derek Balmer, 'Tangier', oil on canvas, 91 x 122cm
Derek Balmer, 'Summer Snowfall', oil on board, 26 x 30cm
Derek Balmer, 'Cliff Path', oil on canvas 41 x 51cm
Derek Balmer, 'Flying Over', oil on canvas 71 x 91cm
Rose Hilton, 'Karen in a Red Dress', pastel on paper, 37 x 27cm, SOLD
Rose Hilton, 'Flowers', pastel on paper, 23 x 29cm
Rose Hilton, 'Bathtime', pastel on paper, 29 x 21cm, SOLD
Rose Hilton, 'Molly Parkin', pastel on paper, 23 x 29cm, SOLD
Rose Hilton, 'Bathroom', pastel on paper, 29 x 21cm
Rose Hilton, 'Botallack Landscape', pastel on paper, 29 x 32cm, SOLD
Rose Hilton, 'Brushing the Dog', pastel on paper, 23 x 29cm
Rose Hilton, 'The Conservatory', pastel on paper, 29 x 29cm
Rose Hilton, 'Harmonies in Red', pastel on paper, 23 x 29cm, SOLD
Rose Hilton, 'Stripey Dress', pastel on paper, 29 x 23cm
Rose Hilton, 'In the Conservatory', pastel on paper, 29 x 23cm
Rose Hilton, 'April's Muse', oil on linen 66 x 66cm
Rose Hilton, 'Seated Figure', pastel on paper, 21 x 22cm
Rose Hilton, 'Figure Study', pastel on paper, 28 x 21cm
Rose Hilton, 'Karen', pastel on paper, 29 x 22cm
Rose Hilton, 'Talking to the Vicar', pastel on paper, 30 x 34cm
Rose Hilton, 'Rhythmic Nude', pastel on paper, 36 x 30cm
Rose Hilton, 'Ellie on the Red Sofa', pastel on paper, 29 x 23cm
Paul Wadsworth, 'Golden Trees', mixed media, 30 x 30cm
Paul Wadsworth, 'Dreaming in a Dance', mixed media, 60 x 60cm, SOLD
 Paul Wadsworth, 'Come with Me on a Journey', mixed media, 30 x 30cm
Paul Wadsworth, 'Holding on to an Angel', mixed media, 30 x 30cm
Paul Wadsworth, 'Planting Life', mixed media, 30 x 30cm, SOLD
Paul Wadsworth, 'I Can See but Can't Touch', mixed media, 36 x 28cm
Paul Wadsworth, 'Raining Angels', mixed media, 28 x 36cm
Paul Wadsworth, 'Lovers', mixed media, 60 x 60cm, SOLD
Paul Wadsworth, 'Sitting Beneath a Tree', mixed media, 36 x 28cm
Paul Wadsworth, 'In the Garden', mixed media, 28 x 36cm
Paul Wadsworth, 'After the Rain', mixed media 73 x 73cm
Paul Wadsworth, 'Souk', mixed media, 60 x 60cm

> Statement

This exhibition at Hilton Fine Art brings together three well-known colourists – Derek Balmer, Rose Hilton and Paul Wadsworth in a show that aims to celebrate the return of colour after the grey days of winter.

What links these artists is their strong sense of design and delight in bold colour. This is a hard balancing act to achieve and one that many painters attempt but which all too often end up with a cacophony of colours fighting against each other. These three artists have mastered the art of balancing the colour and tonal distribution so that the sum of the parts add up to more than the whole, resulting in wonderful colourfield paintings that give great sensory pleasure.

For each of them the figurative element is essential whether looking at the figures used as vehicles for colour in Paul Wadsworth and Rose Hilton’s paintings or the landscapes constructed in a vibrant palette by Derek Balmer. A show guaranteed to lift the spirits and herald the onset of Spring!

> Biography

Derek Balmer
Derek Balmer, born in 1934, was part of the exciting 1960s Bristol art scene and later President of the RWA. An early Arnolfini artist, with two solo shows in the 1960s, he didn’t paint full time until he gave up a lucrative photography business. He has also held numerous solo and group shows in London, Amsterdam and The Hague.

Rose Hilton
Rose Hilton, born Tonbridge , Kent, 1931, studied at Beckenham School of Art and in 1953 won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London. She married Roger Hilton in 1965. Rose has steadily built a reputation as a major St Ives artist. At her retrospective at Tate St Ives in 2008, the paintings were chosen to reflect the increasingly abstract nature of her work, though she rarely abandons figuration entirely. Though best known for her sensual nudes and lusciously coloured interiors, there were also landscapes on display, in which the leap towards abstraction is perhaps most apparent.

Paul Wadsworth
In recent years, the work of Paul Wadsworth has attracted two main audiences. On the one hand there are those who delight in his paintings of the Cornish landscape: where ragged, wild and vibrant swathes of paint sweep across the canvas capturing a moment in time at a favourite location. Others, however, prefer the altogether hotter, more exotic and less familiar feeling of the paintings that emerge from his travels in the Middle East. These views have been expressed repeatedly, but the truth is that Paul's work will never fit neatly into one slot or another. His work is a journey, an exploration where one adventure in paint leads to another and one where every landscape consists of more than just the physical qualities of terrain. His landscape is also the work of the mind, related emotionally to the fact of human nature.