Denzil Forrester in conversation with Liza Dimbleby Hosted by Royal Drawing School, London
The Royal Drawing School’s Online Lecture Series 'Creative Conversations' hosted Denzil Forrester in conversation with artist and writer Liza Dimbleby on Wednesday 14 October. Forrester taught Dimbleby through the 1990s and the discussion explores how different times and places have shaped the Grenada-born artist's practice.
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Born in Grenada in 1956, Denzil Forrester moved to London in 1967. He now lives and works in Cornwall, UK. Pulsating with rhythm, the artist's expressive depictions of dance halls and clubs capture crowds of people moving in unison with the beat of the music. Flashes of vivid colour, gestural brushstrokes and frenetic compositions characterise his work. Stephen Friedman Gallery is currently presenting ‘Denzil Forrester in Rome’ at 30 Old Burlington Street, a solo project initially intended for Frieze Masters. 'Itchin & Scratchin', a major solo exhibition of new and historical works, travelled to Spike Island, Bristol in October 2020 after opening at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham in February 2020. Forrester’s work will feature in a major exhibition devoted to Caribbean connections in British art since the 1950s at Tate Britain, London in 2021. A large-scale public artwork by Forrester for Brixton Underground Station, London was unveiled by TFL in September 2019. Forrester's first solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery opened in April 2019, accompanied by a monograph with texts by Peter Doig, Matthew Higgs and Sam Thorne.
Liza Dimbleby is an artist and writer based in Glasgow. She teaches on The Drawing Year at The Royal Drawing School and has led drawing walks in Moscow, London, Paris and Novosibirsk. Her publications include 'I Live Here Now' (Firework, 2008) and the essay for Andrew Cranston’s first book of paintings, 'Who Is This Who Is Coming' (Aye-Aye Books, 2015). She is a weekly contributor to The Crown Letter, an international art project initiated in lockdown.