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Silk & Oil in Cornwall

There's a lovely circularity to Patrick Heron's relationship to textiles; an artist who cut his teeth designing silks but ended up influencing textile design immeasurably through his abstract oil paintings.

The painter's father, Tom, was managing director of Cryséde silks (1926-1929) and later founder of the highly successful Cresta Silks in Welwyn Garden City. As a young teenager Patrick worked - and flourished - as a textile designer at Cresta, alongside other artist/designers such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Paul Nash and Cedric Morris. However, it is as an oil painter that the artist is best known.

A conscientious objector in World War II, Patrick was able to return to where he spent much of his childhood, St.Ives in Cornwall. A then thriving art scene he spent much of he mixed with many of the leading artists of the St.Ives school. Cornwall became a source of inspiration to the painter and walking through the retrospective exhibition at Tate St.Ives the colours and shapes of Patrick's paintings have a deep resonance with contemporary - and no doubt future - textiles. 

To accompany the exhibition Tate has produced a collection of Patrick Heron inspired silk scarves and ties. 

Tate St Ives
19 May – 30 September 2018

Turner Contemporary, Margate
19 October 2018 – 6 January 2019

www.tate.org.uk

 



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