Chris Forsey, RI, SGFA
Artist - Illustrator
New DVD, PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF WATERCOLOUR
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Events in 2014
11-18, 18-25 ZAKYNTHOS, 2 Painting weeks on Greek Island with Susie Hunt
17-19 WEST DEAN COLLEGE Residential Landscape Painting weekend
1 Painting workshop NEWBURY ART GROUP
Events in 2015
16-18 West Dean College, Chichester. "Mixed media Landscape Painting". Contact West Dean Short Courses for info and bookings.
14-17 Dedham Hall. Mixed-media painting in Constable Country. Contact Jim Sarton at Dedham Hall for details.
25 March -11 April. Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) Exhibition, Mall Galleries. The Mall, London.
11-26 'Solo Exhibition', Lincoln Joyce Fine Art, Great Bookham, Surrey. Major show, all media, large and small works, mostly landscapes. Painting Demonstrations Saturday 11 April. Contact Gallery for details and demo bookings 01372 458481.
24-26 West Dean College. 'Creative Colour in the landscape.' Contact college for details.
2 -25 'Spring Show' Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. Contact Gallery for details.
12,13,14 Surrey Artists Open Studios. Sandstone Studios, The Chine, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1QT
18-25 Dedham Hall. Painting Week, watercolour, mixed-mediam acrylic.
15-29 Painting Holidays in France. 'L'Age Baston'. Email or phone for details
West Dean College. 'From Sketch to painting' Booking details from College.
2-9 'Cornwall Painting Week'. Email or phone for details
West Dean College. 'Creative Colour' details from West Dean College.
I began my art career as an illustrator in a publisher's studio after studying art and graphics in Bristol. I am a self taught watercolour painter, constantly trying to extend and add to my skills in water-based media. I have exhibted on numerous occasions with the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. I am a tutor of painting and run my own watercolour classes in Surrey and Sussex and in the Greek Islands. I also give lively and informative demonstraitons to art societies and groups thoughout South East England and am delighted to undertake commisssions of landscape subjects and house portraits.
I endeavour to re-appraise my style and technique on a regular basis and this has led me towards a mixed-media approach to my work, combining watercolour, acrylic, pastel and gouache. I am exhilarated by colour and surface and enjoy creating textured layers of dry-brushed colour that allow hints of complementary hue to glow through, thus creating an exciting surface of scattered, broken colour.
I specialise in landscape subjects, exploring the themes of man-made alongside the organic: buildings by water; structure emerging from a rocky cliff, sometimes with figures contributing to this theme, inhabiting the middle ground between buidings and the wildness of nature. I am inspired by downland, coastal scenes of the Uk and the Mediternean, cafe life and townscapes. I try to capture the sense of a place at a specific moment, season or time of day, always endeavouring to bring passion and immediacy to my work.
Chris was awarded the prestigious F DONALD BLAKE AWARD for a contemporary watercolour by the LINCOLN JOYCE gallery in 2006at the RI spring exhibition and also THE MATT BRUCE MEMORIAL AWARD for light and colour at the 2007 RI exhibition. www.royalinstituteofpaintersinwatercolours.org/