Denzil Forrester

Born: Grenada, West Indies 1956
Lives and works in Cornwall, UK


Education

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

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

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


Solo Exhibitions/Projects (selected)

2020
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK; travelling to Spike Island, Bristol, UK (forthcoming)

2019
TFL Commission, Brixton Underground Station, London, UK (forthcoming)
‘A Survey', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

2018
‘From Trench Town to Porthtowan', Jackson Foundation, St Just, UK

2016
White Columns, New York, USA
Tramps, London, UK

2002
‘Two Decades of Painting', The Edward Wilmot Blyden Project,

1996
‘Memory and Images', Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery

1995
‘Farewell to Shadowland', 198 Gallery, London

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

1987
Limelight Club, New York, USA

1986
‘Drawing Exhibition', Commonwealth Institute, London, UK

1983
‘Pagan Echoes', Riverside Studios, London, UK

 

Group Exhibitions (selected)

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

2017
‘Sputterances', Metro Pictures, New York, USA
Tate Britain, London, UK
2008
‘Quad', The Gallery in Cork Street, London, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1984
‘Open Show', Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
‘Five Artists in Action', Madeleine Pearson Gallery, London, UK
‘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, UK
‘Six Artists in Action', Madeleine Pearson Gallery, London, UK
‘Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
‘Post Graduate Exhibition', Royal College of Art, London, UK

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

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

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

1977
‘Basement Art Group', CYC Gallery, London


Publications

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


Public Collections

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


Awards

2019
Morley Fellowship, Morley College, London, UK

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