Painter and teacher, born Braco, Perthshire. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, 1964–9, with Robin Philipson, and at Jordanhill College of Education in Glasgow. Forbes taught at Bell College, Hamilton, then was appointed Leverhulme Senior Art Fellow at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. He next moved to Cork where he was head of painting at Crawford School of Art, returning to Scotland in 1978 to be artist-in-residence Livingstone, West Lothian. He then lectured at Glasgow School of Art for four years, from 1983 being on the staff of Dundee College of Art. In the early 1970s Forbes was founder-chairman of the Glasgow League of Artists and when in Livingstone was chairman of the Art Foundation there. He won a number of awards for films. Forbes had solo shows at Compass Gallery in Glasgow, Drian Galleries, Third Eye Centre in Glasgow and at Seagate Gallery, Dundee, 1990.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)