View of the preparations for Jack’s last exhibition, which took place in the University Library from 9th to 14th June 1969. Jack died on June 16th. Professor Alfred Rooks wrote “Behind the military exterior of an officer and a gentleman was hidden quite a different, highly attractive personality.
There was the sensitive aesthete and artist of no mean calibre, a deep thinker…and a very honest and humble man. (His) works gave expression to all that he was, to the previously mentioned characteristics and to many more, likewise endearing: his humour, his sense of pity, his affection for his fellows, and his sense of justice. Fine artist that he was, he never displayed arrogance, dogmatism or eccentricity. There was no pathetic craving for self-expression disguised as wisdom….
To students and colleagues he will always remain an example to follow and imitate in search of true humanity and real virtues.” Following the definitive combined Heath Retrospective Exhibition at the Tatham Art Gallery in 2009 we believe that this highly important family of artists from KZN are due much consideration, not only from collectors, but also from academics in South Africa and the UK.
Jack Heath – Exhibitions:
• The exhibitions that can be traced thus far include the following: • 1938 – Whitehaven, Cumberland (with Jane Parminter) • 1930s – Royal Academy, Royal Society of Painter Etchers, London • 1940s – War Artists Exhibition, London • 1947 – Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, Port Elizabeth • 1949 – Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, Port Elizabeth • 1950 – Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, Port Elizabeth • 1952 – Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, Port Elizabeth • 1956 – The First Quadrennial Exhibition of South African Art • 1961 – Henry Lidchi Gallery, Durban (with Jane Heath, Hilda Ditchburn and John Hooper) • 1962 – Art and Religion, Gallery 101, Johannesburg (Winner of painting section for Crucifixion) • 1962 – Gallery 101, Johannesburg, Exhibition of Mixed Media Work • 1963 – My Land, My Country, Martin Melck House, Cape Town • 1963 – Exhibition of Graphic Art, Durban Art Gallery • 1966 – Republic Festival Exhibition • 1968 – Eastern Province Society of Arts Jubilee Exhibition • 1969 – University of Natal Library, Pietermaritzburg • 1977 – Posthumous Exhibition, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg • 2009 – Combined Heath retrospective at the Tatham, Pietermaritzburg