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A leading figure in twentieth-century British art, Patrick Heron has played a major role in the development of post-war abstract art. However, much of his work also reflects the influence of the extraordinary light, colour, shapes and textures to be found in the garden and landscape surrounding his house in Cornwall. He has vigorously pursued the ideal of an art of pure visual sensation. As far back as 1962 he explicitly claimed that 'colour is both the subject and the means, the form and the content, the image and the meaning, in my painting today'.
In this catalogue, published to accompany the major retrospective at the Tate Gallery, over seventy paintings by the artist are reproduced as colour plates. These works range from small oils to enormous canvases. Selected by David Sylvester, the curator of the exhibition, they trace the developments in Heron's style over sixty years.

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Mel Gooding is an author and journalist who has written extensively on contemporary art and artists. His books include Bruce McLean, John Hoyland and William Alsop: Buildings and Projects.

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British artist Heron's paintings, drenched in light and color, confirm him as a colorist of genius and an original who resists categorization. Born in 1920 and residing mostly in Celtic Cornwall since 1956, Heron turned to abstraction in the mid-1950s, with a purely sensuous apprehension of color, space and shape that recalls his idols Matisse, Bonnard and Braque, yet he has restlessly experimented in his own idioms. His juicy biomorphic compositions of the past 16 years shimmer with atmospheric pyrotechnics yet are amazingly relaxed, even serene. In the 1970s he unreeled oceanic stretches of color, seeking what he called a "full emptiness." His joyfully anarchic '60s canvases, featuring orbs, discs and squares that collide, nudge, hover, envelop or invade, invite the eye and the mind to play. In this stunningly illustrated monograph, art critic Gooding sensitively explores a dynamic body of work unfamiliar to most American art lovers.
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