Patrick Heron - January 1973 : Number 18


Original screenprint, 1973, in colours, on wove paper, signed and dated by the artist in pencil, verso is the Publishers stamp (K8-81)

Printed by : Kelpra Studios, London

Size: Paper size: 92 x 68 cms ; Image size: 81 x 59 cms

Edition: 72

Reference: There is no catalogue raisonne for works by this artist and no published work which helps us with a better description of our piece. However another edition of this work is in the collection of the Tate Gallery which was presented to them by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints in 1975.

Note: The angular shapes with dramatic strong colours are typical of the artists works made in the 1960’s and ’70’s. Heron was an important member of the St Ives School and suggested that these represented the fields, rivers, lakes and seas of his native Cornwall viewed from up high in the sky. As well as painting and tapestry design, Patrick Heron has also designed a stained glass window for the Tate Gallery in St. Ives and designed a kneeler to encircle the Henry Moore altar at St. Stephen Wallbrook in London.

This is a landscape-format screenprint by Patrick Heron that forms part of his January 1973 series of nineteen prints (the rest of the portfolio is in Tate’s collection, Tate P04290P04307). The series is made up of six different drawn abstract compositions that have been subjected to different colour variations. This was a process Heron followed in much of his printmaking through the 1970s, commencing with his first prints made under the direction of the printer Chris Prater at Kelpra Press in 1970 (a sequence of fifteen prints made in April 1970, Tate P04272P04286).

Public Collections: Tate Gallery, London

Provenance: Sold to Benefit the Acquisition Fund of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Condition: In extremely good condition with fresh and vibrant colours