Doreen Heaton was a young art school student at Corsham College of Art when she met and fell in love with the charismatic Polish painter, Peter Potworowski.
Peter (a veteran of the first world war Uhlan Lancers fighting against the Germans, a student of Ferdinand Leger in Paris and a member of the Capist group (Polish colourists) of artists) arrived in Britain in 1943 after the fall of Poland. In 1949 he was made professor of painting at Bath by the brilliant head, Clifford Ellis. There he worked along side the likes of William Scott and Peter Lanyon.
Within a few months of Peter's arrival Doreen had moved into his apartment and when he moved to Pickford it is assumed she accompanied him there. In the 1950’s Doreen and Peter travelled in the Mediterranean, both painting extensively. In 1958, Peter was invited by the Polish government to come back and be Professor of painting in Poznan for 1 year, but they never left, staying until Peter died in 1962.
She continued to paint after her return to England and died in 2014. Her work is abstract and figurative with a bold sense of colour and form. It, unsurprisingly, reflects the style and content of her mentor and teacher without being a copy or replicating his paintings. They reflect her time in Poland and her diaries, while rather sad show a woman coping with life in a foreign environment.
Her collection of paintings is now exclusively sold here at Anthony Mortimer fine art.
John Stocks @ AM Fine Art