One of the most significant and innovative figures in 20th-century British art, Heron played a major role in the development of post-war abstract painting.
Spanning over 50 years of work from 1943 to 1996, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to experience the scope and ambitious scale of Heron’s painting as well as his consistent attachment to the subject of colour.
Heron’s abstraction is a direct response to the light, colour and shape that he encountered every day. An art of pure visual sensation, his paintings are the result of his experience of looking acutely at the world, and though they do not represent the garden and landscape surrounding his home and studio in Cornwall, those forms resonate in his painting in fundamental ways.
This is the first opportunity to bring together a group of these large-scale expansive works to Margate, revealing the full evolution of his vibrant abstract language. Rather than a conventional retrospective, with a chronological display, the show is a succession of spaces, juxtaposing works from the full breadth of Heron’s career to encourage a new understanding of his achievements as an artist.