ROBERT HEINDEL

FOREWORD

‘ Robert Heindel was one of the few artists who understood printmaking to be art in its own right. ’ Quentin King, Harwood King Fine Art

The originality and quality of Robert Heindel’s paintings astounded me when I first saw them – the work was simply superb.

When we met in the late 1980s, Heindel was already an established international artist and acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of contemporary dance. Heindel’s passion for his subject had led to collaborations with some of the most renowned ballet companies and choreographers of the late twentieth century. His paintings were to be found in notable collections throughout the world including London’s National Portrait Gallery where his portrait of Sir Frederick Ashton was exhibited. Ten years later, Washington Green Fine Art Publishing Company launched Illuminations and Passion , two silkscreen prints by Heindel, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Capturing the essence and sensuality of dance, these powerful images caused a sensation and were an immediate success. We were overwhelmed. It was the beginning of a relationship between Washington Green and Heindel that was to last until his death in 2005. Working with Heindel, Washington Green went on to publish over 150 limited edition titles. Heindel’s innate understanding of dance and love of the silkscreen process enabled him to mirror in print the physicality of paint on canvas, creating intensely beautiful images on paper. Perhaps the most poignant and renowned of Heindel’s print series’ is ‘Waiting for the Messiah’. Created during the final illness of his eldest son, these pieces are unbelievingly moving expressions of raw emotion. Always prepared to push himself and his work beyond expectation, Heindel was fearless in his pursuit of representing the human condition in the fleeting moment, or in complete stillness, the presence just departed. Heindel was committed, courageous and profound and it was my great fortune to have the opportunity to know and work with this great man. It is a privilege to present this collection of some of the most beautiful prints available today.

Glyn Washington Managing Director Washington Green Fine Art Publishing Company

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It was my extraordinary good fortune, in the late 1980’s, to have been invited by Robert to act as his agent and to oversee the publishing of his fine art editions. In the years that followed his work opened the many doors to galleries and collectors around the world who in turn fell under the spell that was one artist’s obsession for dance; images that captured a magic and allure were a pure pleasure to show, exhibit and of course sell! The enthusiasm Halcyon Gallery expressed was instant and over the ensuing years unwavering, I know that Robert would have been so proud to have seen his work hanging in the elegance of 24 Bruton Street, Mayfair.

Colin Rawlings

Dancer with White Silk II

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Alessandra Ferri

Published 1984 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 41 x 29 cm Image Size: 36 x 24 cm

Edition of 500

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Anthony Dowell

Published 1984 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 41 x 29 cm Image Size: 36 x 24 cm

Edition of 500

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Anthony’s World

Published 1985 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 45 x 31 cm Image Size: 40 x 27 cm

Edition of 500

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Arthur Study II

Published 2001 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 76 x 74 cm Image Size: 56 x 56 cm

Edition of 195

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As One

Published 1985 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 63 x 43 cm Image Size: 57 x 38 cm

Edition of 500

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Belong

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 76 x 60 cm Image Size: 66 x 49 cm

Edition of 95

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Big Skirts

Published 2000 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 80 x 118 cm Image Size: 62 x 101 cm

Edition of 185

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Blue Symphony

Published 1996 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 62 x 70 cm Image Size: 45 x 54 cm

Edition of 185

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Carmina Burana Study I

Published 1998 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 61 x 46 cm Image Size: 41 x 27 cm

Edition of 500

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Carmina Burana Study II

Published 1998 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 61 x 46 cm Image Size: 41 x 27 cm

Edition of 500

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Carmina Burana Study III

Published 1998 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 61 x 46 cm Image Size: 41 x 27 cm

Edition of 500

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Carmina Burana Study IV

Published 1998 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 61 x 46 cm Image Size: 41 x 27 cm

Edition of 500

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Hiding Eyes

Published 2001 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 83 x 70 cm Image Size: 64 x 54 cm

Edition of 185

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Classic Face

Published 1984 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 63 x 57 cm Image Size: 43 x 38 cm

Edition of 500

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Dancer Ascending I ( Study )

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 51 x 40 cm Image Size: 41 x 30 cm

Edition of 150

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Dancer in White Skirt

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 61 x 43 cm Image Size: 51 x 33 cm

Edition of 95

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Dancer Red & White

Published 2005 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 61 x 43 cm Image Size: 51 x 33 cm

Edition of 150

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Dancers in White

Published 2003 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 74 x 70 cm Image Size: 56 x 54 cm

Edition of 185

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Dancer on a Red Stage

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 51 x 52 cm Image Size: 41 x 41 cm

Edition of 95

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Dancer with White Silk I

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 87 x 69 cm Image Size: 77 x 59 cm

Edition of 95

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Dancer with White Silk II

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 72 x 68 cm Image Size: 61 x 57 cm

Edition of 95

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Darcey Bussell I

Published 2003 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 50 x 41 cm Image Size: 36 x 29 cm

Edition of 500

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Deux Filles

Published 1989 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 29 x 45 cm Image Size: 23 x 40 cm

Edition of 500

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Easy Work

Published 1998 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 88 x 78 cm Image Size: 88 x 78 cm

Edition of 250

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Yuri ( Study )

Giclée Paper Size: 52 x 38 cm Image Size: 41 x 28 cm

Edition of 150

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Yuri

Giclée Paper Size: 67 x 61 cm Image Size: 56 x 51 cm

Edition of 95

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Rose (On the Beach )

Published 1983 Signed Limit ed Edition Paper Size: 71 x 54 cm Image Size: 59 x 43 cm

Edition of 500

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Eros Rose I

Published 1992 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 71 x 61 cm Image Size: 52 x 47 cm

Edition of 150

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Eros Rose II

Published 1992 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 71 x 61 cm Image Size: 52 x 47 cm

Edition of 150

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Eros Rose III

Published 1992 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 71 x 61 cm Image Size: 52 x 47 cm

Edition of 150

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Eros Rose IV

Published 1992 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 71 x 61 cm Image Size: 52 x 47 cm

Edition of 150

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Five Dancers – San Francisco

Published 2003 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 107 x 129 cm Image Size: 90 x 113 cm

Edition of 150

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Study for Floating Angel #10

Published 2001 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 52 x 48 cm Image Size: 37 x 37 cm

Edition of 500

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Floating Angel #10

Published 2001 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 89 x 90 cm Image Size: 69 x 71 cm

Edition of 185

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Study for Floating Angel #11

Published 2001 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 52 x 48 cm Image Size: 37 x 38 cm

Edition of 500

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Floating Angel #11

Published 2001 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 89 x 90 cm Image Size: 69 x 71 cm

Edition of 185

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Flame and Embers

Published 1991 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 78 x 59 cm Image Size: 63 x 46 cm

Edition of 500

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Forgetful of Virtue

Published 1998 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 88 x 78 cm Image Size: 88 x 78 cm

Edition of 250

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Study for Forgetful of Virtue

Published 1998 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 60 x 49 cm Image Size: 42 x 35 cm

Edition of 500

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Glitter Girl on Orange

Published 2004 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 73 x 55 cm Image Size: 56 x 40 cm

Edition of 150

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Glitter Girls

Published 2002 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 117 x 112 cm Image Size: 101 x 98 cm

Edition of 150

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Study for Glitter Girls

Published 2001 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 83 x 62 cm Image Size: 60 x 41 cm

Edition of 155

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Higher

Published 1992 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 91 x 73 cm Image Size: 68 x 52 cm

Edition of 185

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Leap of Faith

Published 1997 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 87 x 111 cm Image Size: 87 x 111 cm

Edition of 125

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Life in the Looking Glass

Published 1988 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 44 x 59 cm Image Size: 39 x 55 cm

Edition of 500

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Like the Moth

Published 1998 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 86 x 77 cm Image Size: 63 x 56 cm

Edition of 200

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Monkey Business

Published 1995 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 48 x 100 cm Image Size: 35 x 91 cm

Edition of 250

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Merle Park

Published 1984 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 41 x 29 cm Image Size: 36 x 24 cm

Edition of 500

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Noh #9

Published 2004 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 88 x 122 cm Image Size: 71 x 107 cm

Edition of 185

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Red Headed Dancer

Published 2000 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 85 x 90 cm Image Size: 66 x 72 cm

Edition of 180

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Painted Wall #9

Published 2001 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 106 x 105 cm Image Size: 98 x 98 cm

Edition of 50

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Painted Wall #24

Published 2001 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 105 x 105 cm Image Size: 98 x 98 cm

Edition of 50

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Painted Wall #27

Published 1999 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 118 x 116 cm Image Size: 100 x 100 cm

Edition of 50

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Painted Wall #40

Published 1999 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 116 x 114 cm Image Size: 99 x 99 cm

Edition of 50

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Study for Easy Work

Published 1998 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 59 x 49 cm Image Size: 41 x 35 cm

Edition of 500

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Ondine - Margot Fonteyn

Published 1999 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 68 x 53 cm Image Size: 50 x 33 cm

Edition of 500

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Sunlight

Published 1998 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 77 x 93 cm Image Size: 54 x 72 cm

Edition of 225

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Portrait for The Phantom

Published 1991 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 54 x 44 cm Image Size: 42 x 32 cm

Edition of 175

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See No Evil

Published 1994 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 71 x 54 cm Image Size: 46 x 101 cm

Edition of 100

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Passion

Published 1988 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 91 x 78 cm Image Size: 66 x 59 cm

Edition of 250

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Protecting Veil #11

Published 2003 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 87 x 83 cm Image Size: 76 x 72 cm

Edition of 95

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Protecting Veil #12

Published 2004 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 87 x 80 cm Image Size: 71 x 66 cm

Edition of 185

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Red Stocking

Published 1996 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 78 x 54 cm Image Size: 78 x 54 cm

Edition of 185

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Coloured Sash

Published 1996 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 78 x 54 cm Image Size: 78 x 54 cm

Edition of 185

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Reflections II

Published 1989 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 75 x 103 cm Image Size: 52 x 82 cm

Edition of 250

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White Dancers, Monotones

Published 1985 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 46 x 53 cm Image Size: 39 x 48 cm

Edition of 500

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Sobi ( Study )

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 51 x 41 cm Image Size: 41 x 31 cm

Edition of 150

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Spotlight

Published 2002 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 91 x 85 cm Image Size: 71 x 69 cm

Edition of 185

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Study for Darcey Bussell

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 51 x 38 cm Image Size: 41 x 28 cm

Edition of 150

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Study for Monte Carlo I

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 39 x 52 cm Image Size: 29 x 41 cm

Edition of 150

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Study for Monte Carlo Ballet II

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 42 x 52 cm Image Size: 29 x 41 cm

Edition of 150

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Study for Turn

Published 1991 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 56 x 38 cm Image Size: 42 x 47 cm

Edition of 500

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Study for Ye All to the Dance House

Published 1995 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 39 x 61 cm Image Size: 25 x 50 cm

Edition of 450

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Study from the Dance House

Published 1995 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 57 x 45 cm Image Size: 43 x 34 cm

Edition of 450

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The Choreographer

Published 1998 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 68 x 92 cm Image Size: 43 x 69 cm

Edition of 225

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The Last Embrace

Published 1992 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 63 x 59 cm Image Size: 50 x 47 cm

Edition of 450

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Pas de Deux from Arthur

Published 2000 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 56 x 66 cm Image Size: 37 x 49 cm

Edition of 500

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Study of Guinevere

Published 2002 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 84 x 66 cm Image Size: 65 x 45 cm

Edition of 185

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Red Barre

Published 1995 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 74 x 82 cm Image Size: 56 x 66 cm

Edition of 165

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The Scarlet Dress

Published 2001 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 93 x 85 cm Image Size: 72 x 69 cm

Edition of 185

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The White Veil

Published 2005 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 61 x 65 cm Image Size: 61 x 65 cm

Edition of 165

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There Was a Girl

Published 1998 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 85 x 111 cm Image Size: 85 x 111 cm

Edition of 185

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Waiting for the Messiah III

Published 1993 Silkscreen

Paper Size: 88 x 78 cm Image Size: 64 x 57 cm

Edition of 185

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White Cat

Published 1994 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 61 x 49 cm Image Size: 47 x 37 cm

Edition of 500

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White Dancers, Triptych

Published 1985 Signed Limited Edition Paper Size: 42 x 89 cm Image Size: 35 x 84 cm

Edition of 500

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White Skirt on Black

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 87 x 74 cm Image Size: 76 x 64 cm

Edition of 95

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White Skirt on Canvas

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 61 x 44 cm Image Size: 51 x 33 cm

Edition of 95

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White Skirt on Grey ( Study )

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 51 x 41 cm Image Size: 40 x 30 cm

Edition of 150

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White Skirt on Grey

Published 2003 Giclée

Paper Size: 71 x 72 cm Image Size: 61 x 61 cm

Edition of 95

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Robert Heindel American, 1938-2005

Robert Heindel has been acclaimed as ‘the greatest painter of dance since Degas’, former dancer Jeffery Taylor goes further, recalling that Degas himself admitted dancers had just ‘been a pretext for painting beautiful fabrics’. Heindel, on the other hand, manages to recreate the exact physical sensation of dance, the angle of the limbs, the precise feeling of supporting and guiding a partner. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Heindel found he had a natural ability for drawing and painting. As a young artist he worked in a professional art studio, meanwhile studying by correspondence with the Famous Artists School. In 1959 he married his childhood sweetheart, Rose Petris, with whom he would have three sons. During the 1960s and 1970s he was a successful illustrator, starting with tyre advertisements in Ohio and moving up through car illustrations in Detroit to magazine submissions in New York. Meanwhile he experimented with novel composition and materials – acrylics, then mixed media. Several works were featured on the cover of Time magazine, and some of his illustrations were acquired for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. An abrupt change of direction was to follow. In the early 1970s, Heindel was offered a pair of unwanted tickets to the ballet, Paradise Lost in Detroit. Seeing Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev performing, he ‘fell in love with dance’, as his wife put it. He began to travel around North America, observing dancers and dance companies, spending hours in rehearsal rooms sketching and photographing, but principally watching – absorbing emotion and personality as well as movement and technique. Heindel’s earliest solo exhibition in the United States dates to 1979, and in the mid 1980s he began to exhibit in Britain. 1983 saw an invitation to work at the Royal Opera House in London, a project that would result in The Obsession of Dance – a one-man exhibition at London’s Royal Festival Hall (1985–1986). His keenly observed images were well received, by both the thousands of visitors and the dancers. Sir Anthony Dowell, Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet from 1986 to 2001, commented, ‘After the magical process has taken place in his studio, one is presented not only with a true image of oneself but with a beautiful study and record of the private moments that one thought had been hidden’. Opera House, the magazine of The Royal Ballet, proclaimed, ‘From the toil and sweat of gruelling preparation to the theatrics and spectacle of costume and colour, it’s not difficult to spot a Heindel. The artist’s talent is a singular ability to pour movement and emotion onto the canvas or blank sheet before him.’ His oil canvas of Sir Frederick Ashton, founder-choreographer of The Royal Ballet, is now part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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One of the visitors to The Obsession of Dance was composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who walked in during the interval of a concert on the site and invited Heindel to observe and paint the dancers and characters working in two of his shows. Cats was already an enormously successful musical, and rehearsals for The Phantom of the Opera were starting. This opened the way for images of a new ferocity – Jellicle Ball I, for example – and loneliness, as depicted in the phantom paintings. ‘I have never responded to the pretty aspect of dance’, said Heindel, ‘I’m always looking for the primal things: sex, life and death’. In October 1988, Heindel returned to the Royal Festival Hall with his second major solo exhibition. The main focus was The Garden of Eros, a one-act piece performed by London City Ballet. Diana, Princess of Wales, was patron of the company and attended the opening night; writing to the artist she said that his work ‘simply succeeds in capturing the spirit of dance as art’. Two years later, Scottish Ballet involved Heindel in Glasgow’s celebrations as European City of Culture, resulting in Scottish Shadows and Floormarks. During this period his eldest son, Toby, was terminally ill, and the artist’s underlying emotion seeped into his paintings, especially the Waiting for the Messiah group. In 1992 a Heindel exhibition was mounted in Tokyo, and this first visit whetted his appetite for Japanese theatrical culture. Over the next five years he returned and was thrilled to be invited, at the instigation of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado, to work with traditional Noh and Kabuki performers. ‘The prospect of even being allowed access in order to portray two of Japan’s revered dramatic forms of theatre had indeed been an honour’, he said. ‘The cultural differences between East and West [were] vividly pronounced. The performances I saw revealed to me not only the subtle nuances in the simplest of gestures or movement but, most influential, a depth of memory and meaning passed along generations.... there were voices and actions transcending time.’ The late Prince Takamado also introduced Heindel to the contemporary dance company H.Art Chaos, which aims to ‘revolt against the comfort of status quo in search of an artistic heaven out of chaos’. The group provided strong new material after his many years of working with classically trained Western dancers. In 1993 Heindel was awarded the prestigious Artist of the Year prize at Fairfield Festival of the Arts in his home state of Connecticut. Embracing the recognition, he created a series of 21 new works under the title Coloured Skirts, split into three suites, each of seven pieces.

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The sequences reveal how he ‘built’ a painting: starting with a small graphite sketch, he developed the initial form six times, layering colour and becoming more abstract and fluid with each stage. Speaking about the progression of his work, Heindel commented, ‘It’s the extraordinary athleticism and the passion being conveyed in ballet that still hold my interest all these years on. When I first started, I was certainly more concerned that the final paintings were representative of the dancers I had been observing but I have to say that I moved on for my own needs. Of course, the figurative elements and the recognition of them are still integral to my work, but somehow as I have become older my figures are a device I use to convey something that I feel or have experienced.’ 2004 saw the launch of a major book, Moving Pictures, distilling over two decades of Heindel’s career. In the same year one of his paintings, The Last Obstacle, was acquired by the Glasgow Museums Collection. Since 2005, following Heindel’s death, retrospective exhibitions have continued to celebrate his life and work.

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List of Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions in Europe The Stable Gallery – London, UK 1984 The Royal Opera House – London, UK 1985 The Royal Festival Hall – London, UK 1985/86

New London Theatre – London, UK 1987 Hotel de Paris – Monte Carlo, MC 1987/88 The Royal Festival Hall – London, UK 1988 The Royal Academy of Dance & The Royal Opera House – London, UK 1990 William Hardie Gallery – Glasgow, Scotland 1990 The Stable Gallery – London, UK 1991

The Halcyon Gallery – Birmingham, UK 1991 The Barbican Centre – London, UK 1992 Halcyon Gallery at Selfridges – London, UK 1993 Princes Square – Glasgow, Scotland 1994 The Obsession of Art – Heiloo, NL 1994 The Gallery in Cork Street – London, UK 1995 The Halcyon Gallery – Birmingham, UK 1995 The Gallery in Cork Street – London, UK 1996 The Obsession of Art – Heiloo, NL 1998 The Halcyon Gallery – Birmingham, UK 1998 The Gallery in Cork Street – London, UK 1999 The Obsession of Art – Bergen, NL 2000 The Halcyon Gallery – London, UK 2001 The Obsession of Art – Bergen, NL 2002 The Halcyon Gallery – London, UK 2003 Princes Square – Glasgow, Scotland 2003 The Obsession of Art – Bergen, NL 2003 The Halcyon Gallery – London, UK 2004 The Obsession of Art – Bergen, NL 2004 The Obsession of Art – Bergen, NL 2005 Princes Square – Glasgow, Scotland 2005 The Obsession of Art – Bergen, NL 2006 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow, Scotland 2006

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Solo Exhibitions in USA American Illustrators Gallery – Atlanta, GA 1979 Westport, West Gallery – Kansas City, MO 1980 The Vineyard Gallery – Dallas, TX 1981 The Smithsonian Institute – Washington D.C. 1981

The Vineyard Gallery – Dallas, TX 1982 Gallery One – San Francisco, CA 1983 Closson Gallery – Cincinnati, OH 1984 Closson Gallery – Cincinnati, OH 1987

Gallery at The Lincoln Center – New York, NY 1989 Fairfield University, CT, ‘Artist of The Year’ 1993 Circle Gallery – San Francisco, CA 1995 Richard MacDonald Galleries – San Francisco, CA 1998 Richard MacDonald Galleries – Laguna Beach, CA 1999 Richard MacDonald Galleries – San Francisco, CA 2000 Richard MacDonald Galleries – San Francisco, CA 2001 Richard MacDonald Galleries – Laguna Beach, CA 2002/03

Solo Exhibitions in Japan and Korea Takashimaya Gallery – Tokyo 1992

Hankyu Gallery – Tokyo 1995 Seibu Shibuya – Tokyo 1997 Mitsukoshi – Nagoya 1999

Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi – Tokyo 1999 Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi – Tokyo 2001 Shibuya Bunkamura – Tokyo 2002 Isetan – Tokoyo 2002 Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi – Tokyo 2003 Matsuzakaya – Nagoya 2003 Sakata City Museum – Sakata 2003 Hillside Forum, Daikanyama – Tokyo 2004 Matsuzakaya – Nagoya 2005 Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi – Tokyo 2005 Hillside Forum, Daikanyama – Tokyo 2005 Shibuya Bunkamura – Tokyo 2006 Lotte Galley – Seoul, Korea 2006 Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi – Tokyo 2006 Hillside Forum, Daikanyama – Tokyo 2006 Mitsukoshi – Nagoya 2006

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