Patrick Heron

The Week - Junior - - All About Abstract Art -

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

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