The Heath Family
- Lorna Ferguson Room, Upstairs passage and Prints Room
- Opens: Thursday 9 July 2009 at 18h00
- Extended: until Sunday 21 February 2010 at 17h00
- Final evening walkabout by Jinny Heath: Tuesday 09 February, 18h00 - 19h30
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.
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.
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.
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.