Patrick Heron was a painter, formerly also a textile designer and writer on art. Born 1920 in Leeds, son of T.M. Heron, founder of Cresta Silks and Christian sociologist. Lived at St Ives 1925–30 then studied at the Slade School 1937–9. His painting was interrupted by the war, after which he settled in London and began to paint again. Heron turned to abstract art under the influence of American abstract painting 1956 and moved the same year to Zennor, Cornwall.
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