Composition 1972
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Adrian Heath


Composition 1972

Born in Burma, Heath was educated in England. He attended Bryanston and Newlyn School of Art where he was taught by Stanhope Forbes, followed by the Slade School of Fine Art from 1939. He served in the Royal Air Force, spending much of his time as a prisoner in Germany. It was whilst in captivity he meet Terry Frost, whom he taught to paint. Following his return to England Heath resumed his studies at the Slade.

His first solo exhibition was held at the Museé Carcassone, France in 1948. From 1953 he showed at Redfern Gallery and other notable London galleries, in the provinces and abroad.

A committed teacher, he taught at the Bath Academy of Art, between 1955 and 1957 and University of Reading from 1980 to 1985. He was Chairman of Artists' International Association between 1955 and 1964, and on the panel of the Arts Council from 1964 to 1967.

Heath's work is included in many important collections, including; the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester and the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington.

gouache and pencil on paper23 x 23 cm (9 x 9 ins)
Framed size: 42 x 42 cm (17 x 17 ins)

signed with artist's initials and dated 1972 


Private Collection 2007-2017

Gallery Notes:

Far removed from the earlier constructivist abstraction, the melting contours of Adrian Heath's Composition 1972 reference the inclusion of organic and figurative forms first  introduced into his work in the 1960s.  There is a dialectic  between hard-edged form and sensuality, which is often played out in his oeuvre.