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Leeds, UK, 1920 ? St Ives, UK, 1999
Important British abstract painter, printmaker and critic Patrick Heron belonged to the St Ives group along with the Nicholsons and sculptor Barbara Hepworth.
Influenced by Braque and Matisse, Heron developed an abstract style focusing on lines and planes but which always maintained a figurative element. As an art critic for 'New English Weekly', 'New Statesman' and 'Arts' between 1945 and 1958, Heron never appeared convinced of the need for pure abstraction.
Heron's early work can be considered in terms of informalism. In the 1960s he concentrated on simple forms such as rectangles and a repertory of simple motifs that allowed him to explore contrasts in saturated colors.
Heron's work can be found in museums and collections worldwide including: - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. - Tate Gallery, London. - University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta, Georgia, US. - University of Montana Museum of Fine Arts, Montana, US.