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Patrick Heron

(1920-1999), Painter and art critic

Sitter in 15 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Born in Leeds, Heron spent much of his childhood in Cornwall and studied at the Slade in London (1937-9). A conscientious objector, he worked as an agricultural labourer and then at the Leach Pottery, St Ives. His first mature painting dates from 1943, with his first solo exhibition in 1947. In 1945-6 he wrote for the New English Weekly and was art critic for the New Statesman and Nation (1947-54). Among his most influential writing is The Changing Forms of Art, published 1955, when his work became predominantly abstract. In 1956 he bought Eagles Nest in Zennor, Cornwall, where his family had lived in the late 1920s. The house became a centre for artists and writers in St Ives and central to all Heron's work.

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Patrick Heron, by Patrick Heron - NPG 6540

Patrick Heron

by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1951
NPG 6540

Patrick Heron at Lelant Sands, by Susanna Heron - NPG P711

Patrick Heron at Lelant Sands

by Susanna Heron
Iris print, 1998
NPG P711

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x131101

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1954
NPG x131101

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x31624

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x31624

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x199300

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x199300

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x199983

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x199983

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x199984

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x199984

Patrick Heron, by Ida Kar - NPG x132979

Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1961
NPG x132979

Patrick Heron, by J.S. Lewinski - NPG x13723

Patrick Heron

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1964
NPG x13723

Patrick Heron, by J.S. Lewinski - NPG x13724

Patrick Heron

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1969
NPG x13724

Patrick Heron, by Philip Sayer - NPG x76421

Patrick Heron

by Philip Sayer
colour print from original transparency, 1985
NPG x76421

A.S. Byatt; Patrick Heron, by Sir Charles Robert Saumarez Smith - NPG x87732

A.S. Byatt; Patrick Heron

by Sir Charles Robert Saumarez Smith
resin print, circa 1995
NPG x87732

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Patrick Heron

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, 1954; printed 2021
NPG x199984MP

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