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CHRIS FORSEY RI, SGFA
I am a professional, figurative painter working in acrylics, watercolour, and mixed-media. I like landscape and architectural subjects and in capturing atmosphere, fleeting moments of changing light and using dynamic composition, texture and expressive mark-making while leaving some areas as vague abstraction, letting the viewer use their imagination.
I am widely exhibited throughout the UK and have won prizes for my work at the Mall Galleries, London. I was elected a member of the RI (Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours) in 2010. I have been tutoring and teaching for 15 years and enjoy giving lively and informative painting demonstrations. I run painting courses and holidays in the UK and abroad and have also been featured in British and European Art magazines. I am a regular contributor to ‘The Artist’ magazine on mixed-media watercolour and acrylic painting. I have also made 4 DVD’s about my painting.
I believe in getting to know the painting subject through observation, sketching and photography, careful planning of composition and colour, and then working quickly and expressively back in the studio, endeavouring to make the work look spontaneous, expressive and dynamic.
I work in water-based mixed- media on paper and board, and also acrylic and ink on canvas. I use a variety of tools from roller and very large brush, rag, palette knife , card and fingers to create my paintings.