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Patrick Procktor

Born 1936, Dublin, Ireland.  Died 2003.

Following the death of his father in 1940, Patrick Procktor was brought up in London. He attended Highgate School where his art teacher was the painter Kyffin Williams. He worked in a builders' merchants from 1952-54 and then studied Russian as part of his National Service with the Royal Navy. He went to the Slade School of Fine Art from 1958-62 and then won a travel scholarship to Italy and Greece. In 1963 he had his first solo exhibition with the Redfern Gallery.

In 1978 his prints for Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner were published as a book. In 1985 he had a solo exhibition of his aquatints at Birmingham Museum and Gallery and in 1989 the Davies Memorial Gallery in Newtown organised a touring exhibition of his work.  His autobiography Self Portrait was published in 1991. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1996.

Patrick Heron 1953-72, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1952
Patrick Heron, Mel Gooding, London, Phaidon Press Ltd, 1994