Patrick Heron British, 1920-1999

Patrick Heron was an abstract painter, writer, and designer who made noteworthy contributions to the development of British abstract art . Born in Headingley in Leeds in 1920 he took to painting in 1933 under the influence of Paul Cézanne after visiting the National Gallery in London during a school trip.


Between 1933 and 1937 he worked for Cresta Silks, the textile company owned and run by his father, who had various british artists design for himincluding Paul Nash and Cedric Morris. Whilst here he designed his first silkscreen and went on to become a part-time student at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.


Between 1944 and 1945, during World War II, Heron met many leading artists of the St Ives School, including Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, both of whom were abstract artists.


His work was devoted to the analysis of natural forms and colors. From his Abstract works, particularly those made up of horizontal or vertical stripes, to his softer-edged shapes, he regularly uses color to express the pleasure of sight as one of the most important human senses. Although working in the European tradition, one can also see aspects of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning in Patrick Heron's work.