British doll artist Philip S. Heath was a sculptor/designer of artist dolls of limited editions, prototypes, one of a kind OOAK originals in vinyl and porcelain. He was a master at capturing a child's heart and soul and all of his dolls are sculpted after real children. Heath sculpted for Goetz doll manufacturer that produced his dolls in vinyl. He was known for his limited edition, hand painted child dolls modeled on real children from around the world. He sculpted for Goetz for quite a few years who in turn produced his dolls in vinyl. They started at $500.00 and ended up around $2,000 at the end. Every year he would sculpt a child after a real child he found in his travels and dress one as the "lost" child and one dressed up after they were "found." All of the Goetz dolls are completely sold out and have been for a few. Philip decided to leave Goetz in 2000 and explore other avenues. In 2001 he opened his own doll studio in Valencia, Spain and started painting all the faces of the vinyl dolls himself.
His Lost and Found and Past and Present series of dolls were created in pairs, showing before and after depiction of the same child at different moments in his or her life. Philip Heath dolls includes collections such as Postcards from Greece Collection 1998, World of Children Collection (Goetz), Renaissance Collection 2001, Ethnic Collection 2003, Contrast Collection.
Heath died on November 28, 2011 in Worcestershire in the United Kingdom. He was 62 years old.
I wish to make dolls that express an emotional quality, which is the reason the potrait theme is particularly interesting to me. I try to make the finished doll 'speak' its own individual message.
- Philip Heath
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