Abstract painting caught on quickly. Artists were delighted with the possibilities. Free from having to copy what they saw in the world around them, they found new ways to express their feelings. By the middle of the 20th century, abstract art was as popular as more traditional types of painting.
One of the UK’s most important abstract artists was Patrick Heron. Heron started painting at the age of 13, inspired by the pictures he’d seen in London’s National Gallery. While he
wasst ill at school, Heron designed patterns for his dad, who owned a textile company, to
print onto fabric. As he got older, Heron became more interested in making paintings that made
audiences think differently about them than representational paintings. He wanted every part of his paintings to be interesting – rather than j ustt he section where the action was taking place. He covered his canvases with amazing colours and shapes, inspired by the natural world he saw around him at his home in Cornwall.
Now Tate St Ives, one of the UK’s leading galleries, is staging an exhibition of Heron’s work. Packed full of his inspirational paintings, it’ll show how his art developed, and offer a chance to learn more about abstract painting up-close. For more, see tinyurl.com/TWJ-heron