Artist biography

Patrick HERON b. 1920

Painter, formerly also textile designer and writer on art. Born 30 January 1920 in Leeds, son of T.M. Heron, founder of Cresta Silks and Christian sociologist. Lived at St Ives 1925–30. Studied at the Slade School 1937–9. His painting was interrupted by the war; in 1945 he settled in London and began to paint again. Deeply impressed by the Braque exhibition at the Tate Gallery 1946. First one-man exhibition in London at the Redfern Gallery 1947 and in New York at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery 1960. Art critic to the New Statesman and Nation 1947–50, and London correspondent to Arts (New York) 1955–8. Retrospective exhibition, Wakefield Art Gallery and northern tour 1952; twelve paintings in the São Paulo Bienal 1953–4. Turned to abstract art under the influence of American abstract painting 1956 and moved the same year to Zennor, Cornwall. Awarded First Prize in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 1959. Author of The Changing Forms of Art 1955, Ivon Hitchens 1955, Braque 1956.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I