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Patrick Heron is one of Britain's most distinguished living painters as well as a notable writer on art. In 1956 he settled at Zennor, near St Ives in Cornwall, becoming a leading figure in the group of modern artists based around St Ives, whose achievements are now celebrated in the Tate Gallery St. Ives. At about the same time his painting became abstract, although it always remained ultimately inspired by the forms, colours and light of his spectacularly beautiful surroundings. Of this work the artist wrote, 'it is more complex than the general run of my current gouaches: but it is second to none in richness'. Another example of Heron's work is in Room 29.