Adrian Heath Composition, Blue, Black and Brown 1952

Artwork details

Artist
Adrian Heath 1920–1992
Title
Composition, Blue, Black and Brown
Date 1952
Medium Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 1220 x 1377 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Reference
T06661
Not on display

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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.

April 2009

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