Denzil Forrester

Born: Grenada, West Indies 1956

Lives and works in Cornwall, England


Education

1981-1983
MA Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London, England

1976-1979
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central School of Art, London, England

1975-1976
Foundation, Central School of Art, London, England


Solo Exhibitions/Projects (selected)

2020–2021
‘Itchin & Scratchin’, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England; travelling to Spike Island, Bristol, England (touring)

2020
'Denzil Forrester in Rome', 30 Old Burlington Street, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England

2019
‘Brixton Blue’, TFL Commission, Brixton Underground Station, London, England
‘A Survey’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England

2018
‘From Trench Town to Porthtowan’, Jackson Foundation, St Just, England

2016                  
White Columns, New York                 
Tramps, London, England                  

2002                 
‘Two Decades of Painting’, The Edward Wilmot Blyden Project, 4 Victoria Street, Bristol, England                                                         

1996                  
‘Memory and Images’, Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery, Peterborough, England

1995       
‘Farewell to Shadowland’, 198 Gallery, London, England             

1990-1994      
‘Dub Transition’, Harris Museum & Gallery, Preston, England; travelled to Laing art Gallery, Newcastle, England; Smith Art Gallery, Stirling, England; Boundary Gallery, London, England; The Angel Row, Nottingham, England; and Lancaster Gallery, Coventry, England

1987                   
Limelight Club, New York, USA

1986
‘Drawing Exhibition’, Commonwealth Institute, London, England

1983
‘Pagan Echoes’, Riverside Studios, London, England


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2020
‘25 Years’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
‘Everything is Personal’, Tramps, New York, USA
'Frieze LIVE', curated by Victor Wang, 9 Cork Street, London, England
'Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London, England

2019
‘Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers', Somerset House, London, England
‘Artists | Steal From', Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, England

2017
‘Sputterances', Metro Pictures, New York, USA
Tate Britain, London, England

2008
‘Quad', The Gallery in Cork Street, London, England

2007
‘Artists Doing It for Themselves', Burlington Arcade, London, England

2006
‘Artists Doing It for Themselves', Thurloe Road, London, England

2005
‘Artists Doing It for Themselves', Farringdon, London, England

2001
‘Fresh Art', Business Design Centre, London, England

2000
‘Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
‘The Painting & Drawing Department', Morley Gallery, London, England
‘The Selectors', Madeleine Pearson Gallery, London, England

1997
‘Transforming the Crown: African, Asian and Caribbean Artists in Britain, 1966-1996', Caribbean Cultural Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
‘Foundations of Fame', The London Institute, London, England

1996-1997
‘Imagined Communities', Oldham Gallery, Oldham, England, travelled to John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, England; Firstsite, Colchester, England; Walsall Museum and Art Gallery, Walsall, England; Royal Festival Hall, London, England; and Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland.

1995
Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
‘The London Art Group', Barbican Art Gallery, London, England

1990
‘Rome Scholars 1980-90', Royal College of Art, London, England

1989
‘Caribbean Expressions in Britain', Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, England

1988
‘New Figurative Painters', The Orangery, London, England
‘Figuring Out the 80s', Laing Gallery, Newcastle, England
‘Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
‘Painters at the Royal College of Art, 150th Anniversary Show', Royal College of Art, London, England

1987
‘Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London, England

1986
‘From Two Worlds', Whitechapel Gallery, London, England
‘Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
‘Open Exhibition', Whitechapel Gallery, London, England

1985
‘Six Artists in Action', Madeleine Pearson Gallery, London, England
‘Rome Scholars Final Show', Academia Britannica, Rome, Italy
Bisonte Gallery, Florence, Italy
Wolfson College Gallery, Oxford, England

1984
‘Open Show', Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England
‘Five Artists in Action', Madeleine Pearson Gallery, London, England
‘Ten Artists', Accademia Britannica, Rome, Italy

1983-1984
‘Germinations', Trilateral Art Exhibition travels to London, Edinburgh, Kassel and Lille.

1983
‘Black on Black', Creation for Liberation, London, England
‘Six Artists in Action', Madeleine Pearson Gallery, London, England
‘Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
‘Post Graduate Exhibition', Royal College of Art, London, England

1982
‘Drawings and Prints', Madeleine Pearson Gallery, London, England
‘Four Man Show', Sadler's Wells Gallery, London, England
‘Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London, England

1981
‘Six Man Show', Madeleine Pearson Gallery, London, England

1979
‘Basement Art Group', CYC Gallery, London, England
‘Graduate Exhibition', Central School of Art, London, England

1977
‘Basement Art Group', CYC Gallery, London, England


Publications

2019
‘Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers', Somerset House, London, England, p. 81
‘Denzil Forrester', foreword by Peter Doig, essays by Sam Thorne and Eddie Chambers
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England


Public Collections

Tate, London, England 
Arts Council Collection, UK
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, England
Morley College, London, England


Awards

2019
Morley Fellowship, Morley College, London, England

2000
The Scottish Gallery Diana King Prize, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1987
Korn Ferry International Award, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1986-1988
Harkness Fellowship

1983-1985
Scholarship, British School of Rome

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