Jonathan Grant Galleries presents its annual Summer Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display from 24 November - 15 December 2015.
The exhibition features work by prominent New Zealand, British & Continental artists including; Frank Gascoigne Heath, Frederick Goodall RA., Charles Blomfield, Myles Birket Foster RWS, Felix Kelly and Ray Ching.
A highlight of the exhibition is the lively Newlyn Harbour by iconic painter of the Newlyn School, Frank Gascoigne Heath.
Frank Heath was born at the family home, Woodlands in Surrey, on the 23rd January 1873. He attended school locally and upon completion was sent to be an apprentice to the Captain of a windjammer that sailed to Australia. After returning to England he decided to pursue his first love, painting. His artistic training began at South Kensington Art School and continued at Croydon, Westminster, the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium and the Herkomer Art School at Bushy, Hertfordshire.
After completing his formal education Heath travelled to Brittany, France. During this time he became acquainted with British artist, Stanhope Forbes. Forbes originally chose to paint in Brittany in order to explore the style of open air painting (en plein air), rather than working entirely from a studio. The attractions of this style of painting appealed to Heath, who on his return to England, decided to travel to Newlyn to work with Forbes.
Like many en plein air artists of his generation, Heath’s work shifted away from moody grey-lit narratives towards a more vibrant depiction of the surrounding landscape. Heath’s expressive use of colour and light to enhance and highlight specific aspects of his compositions has become a major characteristic of his work. The artist’s fine taste in colour as well as his fluid style is said to have been greatly influenced by Forbes, who established the school in Newlyn, Cornwall in 1899.
Newlyn Harbour is an excellent example of Frank Gascoigne Heath’s dynamic use of colour and light.
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