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16/11/2022 - 27/01/2023

Mid-Late C20th - Painting


Adrian Heath (1920-1992) - A Retrospective

Mon-Fri: 11-5:30pm; Sat: 11-2pm

The Redfern Gallery celebrates the centenary of Adrian Heath (1920-1992). Originally set for the autumn of 2020 but delayed due to the pandemic, Adrian Heath: A Retrospective features works from a career that spanned six decades.

Since his first Redfern exhibition in 1953 Heath enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the gallery. He was a pioneer of abstraction in Britain and a member of the circle of artists that included Victor Pasmore, Kenneth & Mary Martin and Anthony Hill. A renowned intellectual, art theorist and teacher, Heath played a vital and pivotal role in the history of post-war British modernism and was an important link between the abstract painters of St Ives and their Constructivist London counterparts.

During the following decade, Heath moved away from the tight, geometric paintings of the 1950s, and embraced a more painterly and spontaneous approach to abstraction, but one which still achieved critical and commercial acclaim. Paintings from his 1966 Redfern show, for example, entered various public collections, such as the Arts Council and Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, while the British Council purchased Farleigh from his Redfern show of 1978. In 1985, a series of small studies on card, made in preparation for the oil paintings of the mid-1950s, were purchased from The Redfern by the British Museum, along with several linocuts.

Paintings, works on paper and prints all feature in Adrian Heath: A Retrospective, and as Andrew Lambirth writes in the catalogue essay, "no commercial gallery is better suited than The Redfern to commemorate such a special anniversary as Heath's centenary".


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