Born in Burma, Adrian Heath moved to England aged five, eventually attending Newlyn School of Art, where he was taught by Stanhope Forbes, and the Slade School of Fine Art (1939, 1945-47). Heath served in the Royal Air Force in World War II and was a prisoner of war for several years. During this time, he met fellow detainee Terry Frost (1915-2003) and taught Frost to paint.
Heath's first solo exhibition was held at the Museé Carcassone, France in 1948. He exhibited at Redfern Gallery and Hanover Gallery in London in the decades that followed and throughout Europe during his lifetime.
A committed teacher, Heath taught at the Bath Academy of Art from 1955 to1957 and at the University of Reading from 1980 to 1985. He was Chairman of the Artists’ International Association between 1955 and 1964 and sat on the panel of the Arts Council from 1964 to 1967.
His work is included in many public collections and museums including the Tate Collection; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Whitworth Gallery, Manchester; and the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington.
Adrian HeathPainting Pink and Greensigned and dated 1963
titled versooil on canvas122 x 91.5 cms (48 x 36 ins)Contact Gallery
framed: 126 x 98 cms (49½ x 38½ ins)
Adrian HeathStudy, 1958signed
titled and dated 1958 versooil on canvas
35.5 x 45.5 cms (14 x 18 ins)Contact Gallery
framed: 48 x 58 cms (19 x 23 ins)
Adrian HeathPainting 1961titled and dated '61 on canvas overlapoil on canvas122 x 91.5 cms (48 x 36 ins)Contact Gallery
framed: 127 x 96.5 cms (50 x 38 ins)
Adrian HeathStudy for Melbourne Painting (Corsham)titled verso
painted circa 1959oil on canvas125 x 100 cms (49½ x 39½ ins)Contact Gallery
framed: 134 x 109 cms (53 x 43 ins)
Adrian HeathComposition 1958signed and dated 1958oil on canvas104 x 76 cms (41 x 30 ins)
framed: 121 x 93 cmsSold
Adrian HeathComposition - Red, Black and Greysigned and dated 1958oil on canvas71 x 76 cms (28 x 30 ins)Sold
Adrian HeathCompositionpainted circa 1952oil on board122 x 101.5 cms (48 x 40 ins)Sold
Adrian HeathPainting 1959signed and dated 1959oil on canvas101.5 x 76 cms (40 x 30 ins)
framed: 111 x 85 cms (43½ x 33½ ins)
Adrian HeathStudy (Avia No 2)signed, titled and dated 1986 versoacrylic and oil on paper laid on board38 x 30.5 cms (15 x 12 ins)
framed: 49 x 41 cms (19½ x 16 ins)Sold
Adrian HeathPainting Orange and Ochresigned and dated 1963
also signed, titled and dated stretcher versooil on canvas122 x 96.5 cms (48 x 38 ins)
framed: 130 x 105 cms (51 x 41 ins)Sold