This painting won first prize in the fourth John Moores Painting Prize exhibition (1963). It is typical of the spontaneous and lyrical abstraction which Hilton first developed in the 1950s, characterised by the fusion of interdependent areas of pure colour with freely and gesturally painted lines. At times the latter have overtones of the human form and are often charged with erotic energy; at others they are akin to primitive scribbling. The painting can be viewed as an attempt to convey the overall experience of a passage of time in terms of basic moods and feelings.


  • Title: March 1963
  • Creator: Roger Hilton
  • Creator Lifespan: 1911/1975
  • Creator Nationality: British
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Botallack, Cornwall
  • Creator Birth Place: Northwood, London, England
  • Date Created: 1963
  • tag / style: Roger Hilton; abstract; expressive; blue; gestural; John Moores Painting Prize
  • Physical Dimensions: w1778 x h1168 cm (Without frame)
  • Additional artwork information: To learn more about the history of the John Moores Painting Prize, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/johnmoores/history.aspx
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Presented by Sir John Moores in 1964

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