Eric Heath (artist)

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Eric Walmsley Heath
Born (1923-11-23) November 23, 1923 (age 96)
NationalityNew Zealander
Known forcartoons in the Dominion newspaper
Home townWellington

Eric Walmsley Heath (born 28 November 1923) is a New Zealand artist, illustrator and cartoonist.

Life and work[edit]

Heath was born in Wellington and began his professional life working as an filing clerk for The Evening Post.[1] Hejoined the Royal New Zealand Air Force during the Second World War and served with the Air Sea Rescue Catalina Squadron in the Solomon Islands.[1]

After his military service Heath returned to working for The Evening Post, training as a photo engraver.[1] Subsequent to this he worked as a freelance artist.[1] In 1965 Heath had his first cartoon published in the Dominion newspaper.[2] He was the editorial cartoonist for the Dominion from 1964 until 1993 and produced 5 cartoons a week for 28 years.[2][3]

Eric also produced illustrations for commissioned or collaborative books covering diverse subject matter.[3][2]

Hobbies[edit]

Heath participated in scuba diving and helped establish the Wellington Underwater Club in 1951.[1][4] He has also built stage sets for the Plimmerton Little Theatre group and replica bumboats.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Marine Fishes of New Zealand by Eric Heath and John M. Moreland. Bailey Bros and Swinfen. 1969.[6]
  • Marine Fishes of New Zealand: Shoreline and Shallow Seas v. 1 (Mobil New Zealand nature series) by L. Paul and Eric Heath. Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd. 1997
  • Marine Fishes of New Zealand: Deeper Coastal and Ocean Waters v. 2 (Mobil New Zealand nature series) by L. Paul and Eric Heath. Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd. 1997
  • Seashore Life (Mobil New Zealand nature series) by Eric Heath and R.K. Dell. Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd. 1993
  • Classic Steam Locomotives of New Zealand Vol 1 by Bob Stott and Eric Heath. Grantham House Publishing. 1994.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "The story behind our art". Fish Art Gallery. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Wild, Jill (9 July 2010). "Drawn to artistic endeavours". Stuff. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Eric Heath | New Zealand Cartoon Archive". www.cartoons.org.nz. 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Eddie Davidson". www.wuc.org.nz. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ Bradwell, Judy (12 March 1979). "The private fun of Lodge and Heath". New Zealand Woman's Weekly: 24–26.
  6. ^ Tucker, Denys W. (August 1969). "Marine Fishes of New Zealand by Eric Heath and John M. Moreland. Bailey Bros and Swinfen, 26s". Oryx. 10 (2): 134–134. doi:10.1017/S0030605300008085. ISSN 1365-3008 – via Oryx.