An eccentric oil painting on wood panel entitled 'Gardener's Nightmare', signed 'J. Heath', and dated '1949'. The painting features an elderly gentleman being set upon by giant insects from all angles in his vegetable patch.
This wonderful painting portrays many traits typical of the post-war period, in its technique, composition, and colour palette. The slight surreal subject matter is reminiscent of the madcap genius of Rowland Emett, a cartoonist working during this period, who went on to design the 'Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway' ride for the groundbreaking Festival of Britain in 1951.
Similarly the strong sense of design and composition in the 'Gardener's Nightmare' conjures up the work of some of Heath's post-war contemporaries such as Edward Bawden, Clarke Hutton, and Osbert Lancaster, to name but a few.
A truly unique piece, in its original limed oak frame.
NOW SOLD - Postwar oil painting - 'Gardener's Nightmare'
Dimensions (h x w)
25 x 31cm