Painting by Adrian Heath bought by Victoria Art Gallery
- Victoria Art Gallery
- 23 September 2015
Composition – Black, Pink, Yellow and Grey has been acquired with help from the Art Fund.
Adrian Heath is one of the most significant post-war painters. He was guided by the idealism felt and shared by an entire generation of artists; that the purpose of art was to create abstract visions which might help make the world a better place. Born in Burma, Heath came to study art in the late 1930s under Stanhope Forbes at Newlyn and later at the Slade School of Art. His studies were interrupted by the Second World War, most of which he spent as a prisoner of war. It was then that Heath became friends with and taught fellow POW Terry Frost to paint.
Heath went on to pursue a teaching career starting at Bath Academy of Art, where he stayed for over 20 years and which he helped to establish as one of the most adventurous art schools in Britain. As a result, Bath held a special importance for Health. The Art Fund is delighted to announce that Victoria Art Gallery in Bath has acquired Heath’s Composition – Black, Pink, Yellow and Grey, which was painted around the time he started teaching at the academy.
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: ‘This is an attractive work by a well-respected figure in post-war British abstraction. Heath’s connections to Bath make this acquisition particularly apposite, and the painting will complement the gallery’s existing holdings of works by his contemporaries.’