Rose Phipps and her late husband, the artist Roger HILTON, settled in Cornwall in 1965, into the same cottage which she still inhabits near St Just in the far west of Cornwall. It was not until after his death that she could once again return to her painting and expand her career into becoming one of the leading artists of the area. Her paintings use both softly muted and brilliant colouration; are highly individual and identifiable. Cross comments on comparisons with the intimate paintings of Vuillard, Bonnard and Matisse.
Among her close friends were Sandra BLOW, John MILLER, Mary STORK, Jane AKEROYD, Patrick HERON and many others of the Newlyn and Penwith Societies, of which she is a member. She has exhibited at many mixed and solo exhibitions, and regularly at the David Messum Gallery, London. Her work is avidly collected.
Painter of domestic subjects, interiors and landscape, primarily in oils
works and access
Balcony Scene; Gingerly She Lay; Still Life with Violin; Towards St Ives (2011)
Access to works: David Messum, London; Hypatia Collection of Women's Art, Penzance; Cornwall Council
1972: University of Birmingham (Orion Gallery Touring) Artists of Cornwall Exhibition (as Rose Phipps)
1977: NAG Newlyn in Pont Aven (touring exchange)
1977, 1987: NAG Solo exhibitions
1988: Art Share Fundraising Educational Programme for NAG
1989: A Century of Art in Cornwall (CCC Centenery exhibition), Truro (selected)
David Messum exhibitions, see Website for gallery paintings
WCAA Founding Art Auction (Donor) Queens Hotel, Penzance, April 2004
2008: Solo exhibition, Tate St Ives, 'The Beauty of Ordinary Things - A Selected Retrospective 1950-2007'
2010: Mixed Christmas Show, Stoneman Gallery, Penzance Dec-Jan 2011
2011: 'The Female Perspective' Group show, Chapel Gallery, Gulval, April-May
2011: 'Uncharted Landscapes' Group show (NSA), Mariners' Chapel, St Ives
Open Studios Cornwall 2011; 2015
2013: Newlyn Art Gallery - Newlyn School of Art Tutors Fundraising Exhibition (24 Oct-2 Nov)
2017: 'Rose Hilton and Friends - Fifty Years in Cornwall', Tremenheere Sculpture Gadens (28 Jan-26 Feb)
2017: 'Rose Hilton - A Celebration', Falmouth Art Gallery (12 June-22 July)
NSA 1972-3 list, ff
Lambirth (2009) Something to Keep the Balance (120 colour & 30 b&w illus)
David Messum Exhibition catalogues, London
Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;
Cornishman 9 Dec 2010, Stoneman Gallery Christmas Show (mixed), Penzance
Cornishman (11 Aug 2011): 'When two societies collide' by F Ruhrmund
Cross (2002) Catching the Wave: Contemporary Art and Artists in Cornwall 1975-present day (pp134-8, likeness & illus)
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery;
Hoyle, H (Sept 2010 Women Artists in Cornwall www.cornishmuse.blogspot.com) 'An Historical Perspective'
Hoyle, H (Oct 2011 Women Artists in Cornwall www.cornishmuse.blogspot.com) 'Louise Connell at Falmouth Art Gallery'
McLeod, Alister J (1973) Newlyn Society of Artists 1895-1973 (NAG 12 page brochure); [under Phipps]
Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & IOS, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership;