Patrick Heron CBE (30 January 1920 – 20 March 1999) was a British abstract and figurative artist, critic, writer, and polemicist, who lived in Zennor, Cornwall.
Heron was recognised as one of the leading painters of his generation. Influenced by Cézanne, Matisse, Braque and Bonnard, Heron made a significant contribution to the dissemination of modernist ideas of painting through his critical writing and primarily his art.
Heron's artworks are most noted for his exploration and use of colour and light. He is known for both his early figurative work and non-figurative works, which over the years looked to explore further the idea of making all areas of the painting of equal importance. His work was exhibited widely throughout his career and while he wrote regularly early in his career, notably for New Statesman and Arts New York, this continued periodically in later years.
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Patrick Heron's daughters celebrate some lesser-known aspects of the painter's life and work
Although they did not see themselves as part of a group or school, the term St Ives School is often ...
An appreciation of the little-known ‘supreme gifts’ of the painter Patrick Heron by his younger brother
He was the only native-born Cornishman of the post-war St Ives group of artists, and his work reflected the local ...
‘The wall between Ben’s and Terry Frost's studio was so thin we could hear sounds through it. We ...
For a few extraordinary years in the post-war era, the small town of St Ives was an art centre of ...
Martin Postle talks to Christoph Becker about artists and the inspiration of their gardens