By the age of thirty Tristram Hillier was recognised as one of Britain’s leading modernist artists

This section features three paintings exhibited as part of the 1934 Unit One exhibition – click through the gallery to explore

In 1934 Hillier was asked to join ‘Unit One’, a group which included British artists such as Paul Nash, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Edward Wadsworth. Members were broadly aligned either with abstract or surrealist art and held their first joint exhibition at the Mayor Gallery, London, in 1934. This ambitious and influential show then toured the UK.

In 1933 Hillier’s marriage to Georgiana broke down. Two years later he left London and returned to Europe.





This exhibition was supported by