Roy Hilton (1891 - 1963)
Back to the Barn, c. 1947
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Signed at lower right: ROY HILTON
American Modernist frame
Private collection, Pittsburgh, until 2007
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1947, The 1947 International Exhibition of Paintings.
Roy Hilton found rich subject matter in the mines, mills and industry of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He painted in a crisp-edged manner with a sophisticated sense of pattern and design, an aesthetic well suited to his subjects.
Hilton was born in Boston Massachusetts, and graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. In 1909 he took art classes at the Eric Pape School, followed by two years at the Fenway School of Illustration. While Hiltonís style is hardly illustrational, the firm line and clarity of expression required in illustration art clearly influenced the artistís mature style.
In 1928, Hilton moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to work as an instructor in the Department of Painting and Design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He stressed the importance of design and draftsmanship in his classes, qualities he also brought to his own painting.
In addition to his teaching duties, Hilton exhibited regularly with the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, as well as at the Carnegie Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York City, amongst other exhibition venues. In 1943, Hilton was given a solo exhibition at the Carnegie Institute.