Patrick Heron was born in Leeds and began creating designs for his father's company Cresta Silks when still in his teens while also studying at the Slade School of Fine Art (1937-39). He was a conscientious objector during World War II, and worked as a farm labourer before moving to St Ives, Cornwall in the mid 1940s, where he worked in the Leach pottery studio and met such leading artists as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth.
Heron wrote widely as an art critic and enjoyed international recognition in the art world. In 1956, he returned to Cornwall where he lived and worked for the rest of his life.
This work is one of two by this artist purchased in 1967 for the brand new University Art Collection. There is an archive film featuring Patrick Heron on the BBC Iplayer (at around 13 minutes).
Another artist featured is John Hoyland, also featured in the Art Collection.