PATRICK HERON: PRINTS FROM THE 1970S

12 May - 13 October 2018

A selling show of vibrant rare signed silkscreen prints by this great British modern master of abstract expressionism.

 

The exhibition complements Heron’s retrospective show at the Tate St Ives opening 19 May.

 

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 that the artworks on show 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 the 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 ‘jig-sawed’ components of vivid interlocking colour shapes. The ten examples for sale 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’.

 

The editions were printed at Kelpra Studios, London and published by Waddington Graphics, London.

 

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