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Patrick Heron (1920-1999)

Painter and art critic born at Headingly in Leeds, Yorkshire who lived in West Cornwall as a child, 1925-1929. He studied part-time at the Slade School, 1937-1939. During World War II, from 1940-44, Heron registered as a conscientious objector and worked as an agricultural labourer in Cornwall. After the cessation of the War he spent the next year working as an assistant at the Bernard Leach pottery in St. Ives. He started work as an art critic in 1945 and wrote in the New English Weekly, the New Statesman and Nation and continued to write for most of the rest of his life. He held his first solo exhibition at Downing's Bookshop, St. Ives, in 1947 and back in London in 1956 held his first major solo show at the Redfern Gallery. In 1953 he organised, wrote the catalogue and exhibited in ‘Space in Colour’ an exhibition of ten contemporary artists at the Hanover Gallery, London. From 1953-56 he taught at the Central School of Arts &