St.Ives Silk Scarf (1948)
PATRICK HERON (1920-1999)
Screenprint on silk by Alexander McIntyre; signed in the print top left; titled bottom right
In handmade frame
This scarf comes with a handwritten note, signed and dated 1985 by Heron himself:
The design for this scarf was made in 1948 for my father, Tom Heron, founder of Cresta Silks, when I was still designing most of the Cresta textiles. But it was never printed at the time. I discovered it again in December 1984. Now it has been printed, by Alexander McIntyre, in its original colours, on the occasion of the The Tate Gallery’s 1985 exhibition, ST.IVES 1939-1964: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND POTTERY. It shows St.Ives, the Harbour and the Bay, roughly as seen from the balcony window of the studio-cottage, on the sea wall, which I and my family occupied every year, for some months, from 1947 to 1955.
1985 Patrick Heron
Patrick Heron was a British abstract and figurative artist, critic, writer, and polemicist, who lived in Zennor, Cornwall. Heron was recognised as one of the leading painters of his generation. Influenced by Cézanne, Matisse, Braque and Bonnard, Heron made a significant contribution to the dissemination of modernist ideas of painting through his critical writing and primarily his art.
Heron’s artworks are most noted for his exploration and use of colour 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 and while he wrote regularly early in his career, notably for New Statesman and Arts New York, this continued periodically in later years.
Patrick Heron’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being 1,701,380 USD for The Blue Table, with Window 1954 sold at Sotheby’s London in 2011.