Born in Leeds, Heron attended the Slade School of Art part-time (1937–1939). A conscientious objector during the war, he worked as an agricultural labourer and then at the Leach Pottery, St Ives, where he met Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. He became art critic for New English Weekly and New Statesman and Nation and taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. He wrote the highly influential The Changing Forms of Artin (1955), the year in which his work became predominantly abstract. Heron settled in 1956 at Zennor in Cornwall. During the 1960s, the Gallery acquired two portraits by Patrick Heron: those of T. S. Eliot (1949) and Herbert Read (1950). The self-portrait, painted just a year later, is in the same idiom. In 1997 a further portrait was commissioned from Heron, of the writer A. S. Byatt.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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