Adrian Heath 1920-1992
Adrian Heath was born 1920 in Burma and studied art under Stanhope Forbes in Newlyn before attending the Slade School of Fine Art in 1939. In a German prison camp during the Second World War he was an active escapee and gave lessons in oil-painting to Terry Frost, who became his lifelong friend and described him as ‘the bravest man I ever knew’. After the war he returned to the Slade and became a pivotal member of the circle of abstract artists around Victor Pasmore in the late 1940s, which included Mary and Kenneth Martin and Anthony Hill. Between 1951 and 1953 Adrian Heath exhibited three seperate times at his Fitzroy Street studio which have become legendary in the history of post-war British modernism.