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Take in the sea view whilst exploring the Tate St Ives latest exhibition, a retrospective of the work of artist Patrick Heron.


Patrick Heron, Five Discs, 1963

Patrick Heron, Five Discs, 1963. Oil paint on canvas. Private canvas © Estate of patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018.


Heron is one of Britain’s most celebrated artists of the 20th century, known for his abstract and figurative works. Inspired by the likes of Matisse and Cezanne, Heron’s works are characterised by his use of colour, with a bold palette defining the pieces. Whilst Heron worked predominately with oils and gouache, he experimented with a variety of media at a young age including silk scarves, and later created the vast stained-glass window for Tate St Ives, which was installed in 1993.

Having moved to Cornwall at the age of five, Heron spent much of his time in the area throughout his life, making it his permanent home in 1956.

The exhibition, which spans over fifty years of work from 1943 to 1996, will feature a number of Heron’s large-scale paintings, exploring the artist’s famed use of colour and composition, as well as his sense of scale.

The show will inhabit the gallery’s new building, the result of a four-year building project which sees the space expanded with a four storey gallery. The new space allows the gallery to stay open year-round for the first time.


Patrick Heron, Interior with Garden Window, 1955

Patrick Heron, Interior with Garden Window, 1955. Oil paint on canvas. Private Collection © Estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018.


The exhibition opens at the Tate St Ives on 19 May and will run until 30 September 2018. It will then tour to the Turner Contemporary, Margate, from 19 October 2018 – 6 January 2019. For more information visit Tate St Ives.

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