Patrick Heron from The Brushwork Series No. 3 1998–9 in the Tate St Ives Summer exhibition 2013
Patrick Heron
from The Brushwork Series No. 3, 1998–9

Patrick Heron, 1920–1999, UK

Painter and writer Patrick Heron is known for his longstanding investigation into colour and space. From the 1950s he developed a practice based on the abstraction of form and colour to its simplest elements; alongside this he also worked as a successful textile designer. Patrick’s father, Tom Heron, was director of Crysede, a well established textile business based in Newlyn and later in St Ives. When the Herons left Cornwall in 1929, Tom established the highly successful Cresta Silks in Welwyn Garden City, for whom Patrick was to become principal designer, designing his first silk scarf at the age of just fourteen.

The exhibition includes a selection of rarely seen textile designs, along with prints from The Brushworks Series 1998–9, some of the last works made by Heron before his death.