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Witchdoctor
© the artist. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London

Witchdoctor 1983

Denzil Forrester (b.1956)

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

Painter, and teacher, brought up in Grenada until in the late 1960s he moved to London. He attended Central School of Art and Design, 1975–9, and Royal College of Art, 1980–3, a Rome Scholarship in the latter year taking him to the British School in Rome, 1983–5. A Harkness Fellowship took him to live in New York, 1986–8. Forrester’s pictures were commonly on a large scale, mixing West Indian and European culture, Rastafarianism and traits to be found in German Expressionism and Italian Futurism, with bold, radiating lines of brilliant colour. He had his first solo show at Riverside Studios in 1983; another at Commonwealth Institute in 1986; was included in Exhibition Road show in 1988 at Royal College of Art which, like the Arts Council, holds his work; and had a further solo exhibition at 198 Gallery in 1995.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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