Monday, 7 January 2013

Andrew Forrest (art)

Boulevard de Montparnasse at Night by Andrew Forrest
I first saw art by Eastbourne painter Andrew Forrest only quite recently at Gallery North during their Art For Christmas exhibition. He showed four paintings of which my favourite was the gorgeously colourful acrylic work, Jazz Night In Paris, a bright street scene which has great energy. Andrew is now the chosen artist of the month at the Underground Theatre and his work will be on show in the foyer there until the 26th of January.

Andrew works mainly in acrylic or watercolour and several examples of each are on show at the Underground, together with a couple of fantastically detailed graphite drawings. He has been selling his paintings since the late 1970s and now has work in private collections all over the world from France to America, Italy to South Korea. 'Lived-in' architecture is one of his main inspirations. Other favourite themes are energetic city streets at night and town squares on drowsy afternoons.

I was pleased to have the opportunity to view Jazz Night in Paris again at the Underground (if only I had a bigger house ...!). Sunday Evening, Place du Tertre is another acrylic in a similar vein depicting people gathering outside on the street to wring the last from their weekends. I think the painting has beautifully captured the French outdoor culture. Au Lapin Agile Cabaret is one of the graphite drawings I mentioned. It is interesting that this has been hung a couple of pictures to the right of Au Lapin Agile Cabaret By Night which is an acrylic depiction of the same subject but from a slightly different angle. I liked seeing the two works and understanding how the different media affect atmosphere. Josie Tipler had already mentioned the trio showing Watts Lane Under Snow as having caught her eye, so I made sure to see these - they are at the far end of the left wall as you come down the stairs. My favourite of the local scenes was Sunset, Birling Gap which has purple skies reflected as a deep red in the water below.

Underground Theatre, Fridays & Saturdays, 4th to 26th Jan, 10:00-16:00.
Free admission.