My work consistently attempts to express the messages, images, stories received intuitively from my ancestors…the stories of those who did not survive to speak for themselves. --Thomas Heath--
The prestigious Heath Gallery in the Harlem section of New York was co-founded by Newport News, VA native, Thomas Heath.In New York, Heath is known as "The Hat Man" for his array of creative hats; to his friends home in Newport News, he is affectionately known as "Boo."
Heath is a self-taught artist whose work has been published in African American Art: The Long Struggle, by Crystal Britton,SMITHMARK Publishers, 1996.
The Heath Gallery is located in a landmark townhouse in Central Harlem’s historic Mount Morris Park district. The historic exterior contrasts the modern interior filled with an ever-changing array of vibrant and thought-provoking works by established and emerging contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers, textile and mixed media artists. Past exhibitions have included works by Thomas Heath, Xenobia Bailey, Aleathia Brown, Marlene Ware, Robert Daniels, Lawrence Joyner, BuJo Williams, Betty Thornton and Daren Chambers.