Denzil Forrester: A Survey - Thursday 25th April to Saturday 25th May 2019 @ Stephen Friedman Gallery, 25-28 Old Burlington Street London W1S 3AN
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present a survey exhibition of large-scale paintings from the past 40 years by Grenada born, British artist Denzil Forrester.
The exhibition precedes the unveiling of a large-scale public artwork commissioned by TFL for Brixton Underground Station, London, in September 2019. Forrester will have a major solo exhibition of new works at Nottingham Contemporary in January 2020.
Forrester's vibrant, colourful works immortalise the dynamic energy of the London reggae and dub nightclub scene during the early 1980s, a subject that has endured throughout four decades of the artist's practice. 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 and encircled by totemic sound systems.
Away from the dance halls of East London, Forrester's works are also significant in their rich documentation of black British culture and the West Indian community during the 1980's, often through the lens of his own biographical experiences. Whilst some works depict the artist as a child living in Grenada, others record Forrester and his family sewing bags to make a living when they first moved to Stoke Newington over 40 years ago. In contrast to the joy of his nocturnal revellers, Forrester's voyeuristic paintings also subliminally reveal the racial and social injustice experienced in 1980's London; policemen frequently loom in the background of his works, whilst others capture the events surrounding the untimely death of his friend Winston Rose.
He will be included in the forthcoming group exhibition ‘Get Up Stand Up Now- Generations of Black Creative Pioneers' at Somerset House, London, in June 2019.
Gallery opening hours: Tuesday–Friday 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM.
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