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"Claude Heath: Kettle’s Yard and Christ’s College Artist Fellow 2002-2003"
2002-09-28 until 2002-11-03
Kettle's Yard Gallery
Cambridge, , UK United Kingdom

Claude Heath has rightly been recognised as one of the most outstanding artists of his generation, bringing to his work a lively intelligence and a radical sense of experimentation. Employing such unconventional strategies as a blindfold to make tactile drawings that use a combination of massed contour line and abbreviation marks to describe an object, or drawing upon surfaces hidden from view, Heath’s work treats sensation and its transcription into visual form as separate processes.

These experiments in drawing often serve as starting points for larger scale works, including paintings and wall-drawings, whose size offers new interpretations of the imagery. Such imagery may include the life-mask of his brother, Toby, a leaping Tiger and Prey, the Venus of Willendorf, a wave, peeling oranges, Epstein’s hand, and an Ivory Coast mask.

The exhibition at Kettle’s Yard will be the most comprehensive to date, bringing together older work as well as newer work, including that which has developed as a result of his residency and exhibition at the Centre For Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art, at the end of 2001. In these works, Heath drew a variety of plants from four different sides, sometimes simultaneously, and on surfaces that were out of sight, but not out of mind. Of these, he has written, "Working from plants now, it will be interesting to see whether it is possible to set them down just as they are,...as if rendered by a three-dimensional computer programme that has taken a holiday from mathematics." In recent work Heath has been able to suggest three-dimensional space by grafting pairs of these related vegetal images onto each other.

Claude Heath (b.1964) lives in London. He studied philosophy and has rapidly gained recognition for his paintings and drawings through group exhibitions such as Young British Artists VI, The Saatchi Gallery, London (1996), Antechamber, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1997) Blueprint, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam (1997), The Jerwood Painting Prize, Jerwood Gallery (1998), Art In Sacred Spaces, Christchurch, London, Mapping the Process, Essor Gallery, London (2002).

Claude Heath was a prizewinner in the 1997 John Moores Exhibition. He was the first artist-in-residence at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and this led to a publication and solo show in the Study Galleries, Leeds City Art Gallery (1999). He is now increasingly exhibiting in the USA, with a solo show at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York in 2001. His work is included in several major British art collections.

The artist is represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York.


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