Adrian Heath (British, 1920-1992) Untitled 127 x 101.7 cm. (50 x 40 in.) (unframed)
Lot 69ARW
Adrian Heath (British, 1920-1992) Untitled 127 x 101.7 cm. (50 x 40 in.) (unframed)
£25,000 - 35,000
US$ 39,000 - 55,000

Lot Details
Adrian Heath (British, 1920-1992)
Untitled
oil on canvas
127 x 101.7 cm. (50 x 40 in.)
(unframed)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    The artist's estate, where acquired by the present owner

    "Alterations are frequent, shapes amalgamate or divide, new colours are superimposed or old ones intensified. These alterations are caused by the reaction of the painter to the physical aspect of his work, and to the demands that they seem to make as well as to the mood that they create within him. It is the ability to develop and finally unite both mood and structure that gives to that work its meaning and identity." (Adrian Heath, Introduction to Statements Exhibition, I.C.A., 1956, quoted in Adrian Heath, Recent Paintings, Hanover Gallery, London, 1959).

    Stylistically the present work can be probably dated towards the start of the 1960s, a time when Heath's work was at its most sensuous. At this point he was finding inspiration in the work of the America Abstract elite, in particular De Kooning, Gorkey and Motherwell though his interest in gesture and movement stems from artists he admired from childhood such as John Singer Sargent and Ambrose McEvoy.
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Bonhams' November sale achieved a number of high profile records, including the highest price in London that week within a sale of Modern British Art - Allies by Lawrence Holofcener fetched an impressive £409,250. The department are especially proud to have secured a new world auction record for Walter Richard Sickert. Painted circa 1904, Woman in Profile with Downcast Eyes was discovered in Australia and following intense bidding realized £229,250. Irish Art fared well too, with Paul Henry's charming Old-Age Pensioners going for £109,250 while Colin finding Irish buyers.

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