The Heath Family
Retrospective Exhibition

Wind of Fear - Jack Heath

1809/96
Jack Heath (1915-1969)
Wind of Fear
1960s
Mixed media on board
1236 x 1243mm

The driving force behind this family exhibition, which has kindled wide interest, has been Jinny Heath, the only living artist of the three. Jack, Jane and their daughter Jinny Heath had a combined teaching life of more than 70 years, most of it at the Fine Art Department of the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg.

Pink Still Life - Jane Heath

1808/96
Jane Heath (1913-1995)
Pink Still Life
Oil on canvas
546 x 503mm (sight)

They trained and practiced in a wide range of genres and brought to their teaching a particularly British modernist aesthetic. The influence of the Heaths on hundreds of students, many of whom have made careers in the art world, has disseminated throughout the country.

This exhibition, which takes up extensive space upstairs, has kindled wide interest and has been extended to late February 2010.

Still Life - Bronwen (Jinny) Heath

2860/08
Bronwen (Jinny) Heath (b.1944)
Still Life
2000
Oil on board
648 x 500mm

The exhibition provides an overview of their lives and work, from early training in Birmingham and the Royal School of Art in London to Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and Pietermaritzburg. The works on display range widely in media and genre, emphasizing the Heaths' diverse art making practices.

till Life with Knitting - Jane Heath

Jane Heath (1913-1995)
Still Life with Knitting
Oil on canvas

Some works belong to private owners, some to institutions and some have been in isolated storage for many years, with their future exposure to be negotiated. Many of Jane and Jinny's works have not been exhibited before and the bulk of Jack's large works have not been seen for over forty years. Hours of huge effort and careful cleaning by Jinny and much work behind the scenes by others have brought this exhibition to life.


A Heath DVD with text by Dr Juliette Leeb du Toit and others, as well as images of works, is available in the Tatham Shop, which can be contacted at 033 392 2828.