Patrick Heron | Tate St Ives

One of Britain's most acclaimed artists and a St Ives local.

The iconic Tate St Ives gallery, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Porthmeor Beach, St Ives is a great destination to get a dose of local art and culture. Exhibiting work by modern British artists with links to the St Ives area, it celebrates the role of St Ives in the story of modern art. With strong connections to St Ives and one of the leading painters of the St Ives School, we couldn’t think of a more influential artist to feature on our blog this month.


Patrick Heron CBE, was a British abstract and figurative artist, writer, and polemicist, who lived in Zennor, Cornwall. As one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists, his work is proudly being displayed in the Tate St Ives from 19th May until 30th September. The celebrated exhibition will stretch from Heron’s early work in the 1940s to his death at the very end of the 20th century, showing the full evolution of his vibrant abstract paintings.

Azalea Garden : May 1956 1956 Patrick Heron 1920-1999 Purchased 1980 | Tate

Heron’s artworks are most noted for his exploration and use of bright colours, compositions and light. He is known for both his early figurative work and non-figurative works, which over the years looked to explore further the idea of making all areas of the painting of equal importance. His work was exhibited widely throughout his career in galleries all over the world.

Harbour Window with Two Figures : St Ives : July 1950 1950 Patrick Heron 1920-1999 Purchased 1980 | Tate

We recommend allocating a few hours to explore and immerse yourself in the works of distinguished local artists at the Tate St Ives. Not only is the building itself a work of art, the cafe at the top is worth a visit for the brilliant views of the beach and town.


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