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WELCOME from the editor

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As an art student I was tutored by artists who celebrated colour for its own sake: Terry Frost, John Hoyland, Mali Morris, who in turn were influenced heavily by Patrick Heron, the subject of the current exhibition at Tate St Ives. Equally talented as a painter and writer, he painted some of the most vibrant representations of Cornish light and colour from his house, Eagle’s Nest, on the coast to the west of St Ives. I was fortunate to meet and interview him there on several occasions for my Phd research into how and why artists of his generation became so obsessed with their alternative view of abstract painting that was in opposition to the then dominant American abstract expressionists.

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