Adrian Heath

Composition, Blue, Black and Brown

1952

Medium
Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions
Support: 1220 x 1377 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1992
Reference
T06661

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Adrian Heath’s London home provided an informal exhibition space for artists sometimes known as Constructionists. The term highlighted the fact that many of their works were constructed from various materials but also referred to the fact that the compositions were developed by a process of growth. Heath wrote: ‘The thing of interest is the actual life of the work: its growth’. While his colleagues made actual reliefs, Heath emphasised the physical materiality of the work by building it up with blocks of thickly applied paint in a manner especially associated with the Parisian painter Serge Poliakoff.

Gallery label, April 2009

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