Colin Heavingham is an uncompromising painter choosing
to express with metaphysical images that are resonant with
expectation and unfulfilled energy.
Heavingham’s recent paintings are less to do with romantic
washes of atmospheric colour – reminisent of both Turner and
Hitchens: images that drew their viewers into a reverie of
Friedrichian contemplation, to more abstracted, spontaneous
layerings of colour and text. Fiercer, more Freudian.
There are deep charcoal vignettes that have forms in common
with De Chirico, although darker and more urgent.
These are images that have a raw visceral immediacy, and are
very much painterly in execution – giving rich texture to the
canvas and enigma to the subject.
Colin Heavingham was born in 1948. He attended Braintree
School of Art and later in 1969 became a sculptor’s assistant
for Peter Fagin. In Seventies London he was variously an art
gallery assistant, painting reliner, picture framer and gilder.
Most recently he has described himself as gallery owner,
painter, artist and filmmaker.