Chris Forsey, RI, SGFA
Artist - Illustrator
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Events in 2014
15,22, 29 Mini course in Mixed Media at ART EVENTS, Reigate.
25 Painting workshop PETERSFIELD ART SOCIETY
1 Painting Workshop, EAST HORSLEY
13 Demonstration SUNNINGDALE ART SOC.
15 Painting Workshop CHANDLERS FORD
19 Demonstration CATERHAM ART GROUP
27 Demonstration ADVENTURERS, CUCKFIELD
1 Demonstration TWICKENHAM ART SOCIETY
8 Demonstration FLEET ART SOCIETY
17 Demonstration CLANVILLE
27 Demonstration TADWORTH ART SOCIETY
2-19 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATERCOLOUR Annual exhibition at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
8-11 DEDHAM HALL, SUFFOLK . Painting course in Constable country
25-27 WEST DEAN COLLEGE. Creative colour in Landscape Painting. Residential weekend course.
30 Demonstration EPSOM AND EWELL ART GROUP
6 Demonstration ADUR ART SOCIETY
9-16 CORNWALL PAINTING WEEK, Residential week in North Cornwall
28 Demo and Talk HORSLEY AND CLANDON Art Society
18 Painting workshop DURSLEY
SURREY ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS Dates to be confirmed
11-13 WEST NORFOLK ARTS CENTER.watercolour/mixed media residential weekend
19-26 DEDHAM HALL, Suffolk. Residential painting week
6-10 SWEDEN. Residential watercolour painting in Northern Lakes
D'ART GALLERY Duo Exhibition at Dartmouth Gallery, Devon
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
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/