‘Vertical : January 1956’, Patrick Heron, 1956 | Tate
Artwork page for ‘Vertical : January 1956’, Patrick Heron, 1956 One of Heron's early non-figurative 'tachiste' (the French word for blot or mark) paintings in which the partial influence of contemporary American and French abstract styles is evident. For Heron dispensing with figurative imagery was a liberating experience, allowing him to 'deal more directly and inventively... with every single aspect of the painting that is purely pictorial, i.e. the architecture of the canvas, the spatial…
Patrick Heron, Porthmeor 1965, Rumbold, 1970. Oil on canvas. This painting is named after Porthmeor beach in St Ives and Rumbold Street in London where Heron had a studio. The artist described the paintings made at Rumbold Street as 'wobbly hard-edge' in which the white canvas is covered in flat, intense patches of colour.
‘Harbour Window with Two Figures : St Ives : July 1950’, Patrick Heron, 1950 | Tate
Artwork page for ‘Harbour Window with Two Figures : St Ives : July 1950’, Patrick Heron, 1950
‘Brown Ground with Soft Red and Green : August 1958 - July 1959’, Patrick Heron, 1958–9 | Tate
Artwork page for ‘Brown Ground with Soft Red and Green : August 1958 - July 1959’, Patrick Heron, 1958–9 Heron painted this work over a period of eleven months, from August 1958 to July 1959. From 1957 he had begun to experiment with vertical and horizontal bands of colour in his paintings. With this particular work Heron now combined both elements on the same canvas. Built up over time, the different layers of colours intersected, overlapped and ate away at one another, creating the…