Catalogue entry

Adrian Heath 1920-1992

T01338 White Collage 1954

Inscribed ‘HEATH’ twice on stretcher.
Oil, Ripolin and collage on canvas, 20 x 16 (50.8 x 40.5).

Purchased from the artist (Gytha Trust) 1971.
Exh: Collages and Objects, I.C.A., October–November 1954 (59) as ‘White Collage’ 1954; Abstraction in Modern Art, University of Sheffield, January 1956 (no catalogue traced).

In a letter of 1 February 1972, the artist wrote that ‘At this period most of my pictures had included collage elements (card or thick paper) during the early stages. They were used like counters in a game to mark the state of development of a particular composition and they helped me to think in terms of area. I always liked the juxtaposition of “ready-made” surfaces with painted ones but I usually resorted to paint as being more permanent when colour was involved. “White Composition” was one of my first works to show an interest in curved forms.’

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.