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Richard Forster
Richard Forster, 1970

Richard Forster’s meticulously detailed drawings appear as trompe l’oeil newspaper clippings and photographs, referencing diverse themes of nostalgia, the socio-political climate and architecture. Although almost photo-realistic upon first inspection; on closer viewing, the compulsively rendered works break down into abstract mark-making, combining collaged elements such as masking tape, gouache and watercolour with found surfaces, to create subtle tonal shifts and textures. Presented both chronologically and within grid sequences, Forster’s small-scale works reflect his own personal experience of the world, carefully docu- menting the nature of time and its passing.

Based in Yorkshire, Forster studied at Manchester Polytechnic before gaining an MA at the University of East London in 1995. Forster’s work has been included in exhibitions shown at Tate Britain (London), FLAG Art Foundation (New York), The Drawing Centre (New York) and the De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea).

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Levittown, October, 2015, Watercolour, graphite and acrylic medium on Fabriano Artistico paper



Richard Forster – Timothy Taylor