Patrick Heron CBE British, 1920-1999

Patrick Heron (1920–99) is widely regarded as one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century. Based in St Ives, Cornwall, his rich artistic legacy spanned the 1970s – the period from which these rare signed silkscreen prints date from.

Throughout his career, Heron had worked in a variety of graphic media, from the silk scarves he designed for his father’s company Cresta from the age of 14, to a stained-glass window for Tate St Ives. His early works were strongly influenced by Matisse and Braque, and the graphic ‘cut-out’ nature of some of their compositions is clearly evident in these silkscreen prints from the 1970s.


In this phase of his work, Heron was fascinated with contrasting, and, complementary, colour associations which often manifested as ‘wobbly hard-edge’ jig-sawed components of vivid interlocking colour shapes.

The highly sought-after examples for sale in this collection include the gloriously sunny ‘Blues Dovetailed in Yellow: April 1970’, and the uplifting ‘jazziness’ of ‘Six in Light Orange with Red in Yellow: April 1970’.

Examples of all of the works are held in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London and in the Government Art Collection.