Patrick Heron (United Kingdom, 1920 – 1999)

January 1973 – 11   1973
image 59 x 79.5 sheet 69.5 x 90 cms
UTS Art Collection


Born in Headingly, Leeds in 1920, Patrick Heron was a painter, textile designer, art writer and critic. His father T.M. Heron was the founder of Cresta Silks, where Heron worked as a textile designer from 1934.

Between 1937-1939, Heron studied part-time at the Slade School of Art. After WWII he settled in London and began to paint in earnest, holding his first one-man exhibition at the Redfern Gallery in London in 1947. At the same time he developed his career as an art critic and writer for the New English Weekly (1945-1947), the New Statesman and The Nation (1947-1950). He was also a correspondent for Arts in New York (1955-1958) and held his first solo show at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery in New York in 1960.

While based in England and working mainly there and in the United States, Heron had a long association with Australia. From the 1960s Heron visited and exhibited in Australia on several occasions including 1973 – the date of this screenprint – when he was included in the inaugural Biennale of Sydney held at the Sydney Opera House. In the same year, Heron delivered a lecture on ‘The Shape of Colour’ for the annual Power Lecture series at the University of Sydney. This was later developed into a book/portfolio titled ‘The Shapes of Colour’ published in 1978.

He returned to Sydney in 1989, as the inaugural artist for the British Artist in Residence program at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.


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