Author: Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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Friday, March 18th, 2016 at 11:52 am
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Journey of Passages – David Forster

David Forster RSW has a new exhibition of his works (his  fourth)  at the Open Eye Gallery. He is known for his great skill in the use of watercolour and acrylic as mediums creating intense atmospheres, changing light and reinventing what has been described as a ‘romantic’ narrative. 

At the Private View, the talented but very modest, David Forster, told me about his dramatic change of career from chemistry to painting -resulting in an artistic journey from urban scenes to frozen country landscapes.  His early paintings show how David  was fascinated by the way in which nature creeps back into the city and how we model parks and planted spaces to tell stories about our collective, often idealistic view of nature and the stories which this evokes.

David Forster2Two of the acrylic works which are on view illustrate a very personal artistic journey from urban scenes, sometimes banal, often with a dark side to them, to later work that moves out into the countryside and the wildness of weather – especially of snow and ice outside the towns and cities. I found this very powerful and showing the tremendous range shown in David’s ‘Journey of Passages’.

Born in 1962 and based now in Edinburgh, David’s Exhibition record reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ in a league table of exhibitions, collections and awards. He won his first award in 2001 – The John Grey Award – from the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, and has enjoyed continued success  to 2015 when the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour honoured him with the Rendezvous Gallery Residency Award. His works are in a number of Collections including the City Arts Centre in Edinburgh


The current Exhibition runs until Wednesday 30 March so there is plenty of time to see not only this featured artist but also works of others past and current. My personal reviews on Lothian Life are now moving towards featuring individual artists – and so do each one the  justice s/he deserves – as opposed to attempting to cover an entire Exhibition every time!  It’s so difficult to choose who to review, but I hope to encourage you to go and see for yourselves.

The Gallery is at 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, telephone 0131 557 1020, email is and website is

The Exhibition is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6 pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm.


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