Patrick Heron

Joseph Grimond, 1st Baron Grimond, 1913 - 1993, Liberal statesman and theorist (1986)

About this artwork

'Jo' Grimond was the leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party from 1956 to 67 and represented Orkney and Shetland in the House of Commons for thirty-three years. After the Second World War, the Liberal Party was on the verge of extinction but Grimond reversed this decline, doubling the party's representation at Westminster and tripling their share of the vote. Grimond admired the work of Heron, a major abstract painter, and it was at his suggestion that the artist was chosen to undertake this commission for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. [Artist's title - PORTRAIT OF JO GRIMOND : 1986 : I]

  • title: Joseph Grimond, 1st Baron Grimond, 1913 - 1993, Liberal statesman and theorist
  • accession number: PG 2717
  • artist: Patrick HeronEnglish (1920 - 1999)
  • depicted: Joseph Grimond
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Politics and government
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1986
  • measurements: 121.00 x 91.50 cm (framed: 135.30 x 104.80 x 5.40 cm)
  • credit line: Commissioned 1985
  • copyright: © The Estate of Patrick Heron. All rights reserved, DACS 2016.
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Patrick Heron

Patrick Heron

Patrick Heron was born in Leeds and settled in Cornwall with his family in 1925. He studied at the Slade School of Art in London from 1937 to 1939. Heron's father owned the Cresta Silks factory, for which Heron produced designs in the 1930s and 1940s. As a conscientious objector during the Second World War, Heron worked on a farm before becoming an assistant to the potter Bernard Leach in St Ives. He also worked as an art critic for the New Statesman magazine and as a teacher. From the mid-1950s Heron produced abstract paintings, featuring distinctive 'lozenges' of bright, vibrant colour.