Roger Hilton (1911 – 1975) was born in Middlesex and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. After serving in the Second World War he worked as an art teacher, before gradually becoming drawn to the art scene in St Ives.
Hilton moved to West Cornwall in 1965 when he married his second wife Rose Phipps (now a renowned artist in her own right). He was a leading member of the St Ives School and has an international reputation. He died in 1975 from alcohol related causes. Roger and Rose Hilton were good friends with Karl and Jan Weschke.