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Red Painting: October 1959

© the estate of Patrick Heron. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Lakeland Arts Trust

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Patrick Heron went to school in Cornwall for four years, where he was a classmate of Peter Lanyon, before moving to Welwyn Garden City, on the outskirts of London, where his father set up a successful clothes manufacturing business, Cresta Silks. After studying at the Slade, Heron returned regularly to Cornwall, before settling long-term at Eagle’s Nest, near Zennor, in 1956. He was already well acquainted with Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and the rest of the artistic community around St Ives, and was a passionate champion of abstract art in Britain through his position as critic for the New Statesman in the 1940s, and later for Arts magazine in New York.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 51.8 x W 61 cm

Accession number

AH 253/63

Acquisition method

purchased, 1963

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