Tristram Hillier

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Tristram Hillier (11 April 1905 – 18 January 1983) was a painter. He was born in China, the son of a banker and diplomat, and first trained as an artist at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1926 and then in Paris, where he met many artists linked to Surrealism and was particularly influenced by Max Ernst and Giorgio de Chirico. He developed a timeless, dreamlike style and became an important figure in the British surrealist avant-garde during the 1930s, becoming a member of Unit One, led by Paul Nash. Hillier had his first one-man show at the Lefevre Gallery in 1931 and then exhibited at Tooth’s Gallery thereafter. Favourite subject matter were still lifes, boats, harbours and anchors.

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