A key starting point for Richard Forster’s practice is a documentary approach to time, process and sense of place. In his most recent exhibitions, he has constructed sequences of works that act as a calendar of activity, and a form of storytelling that circumnavigates the gallery architecture. Forster has nurtured his drawing from formative years he describes as an "anxious teenager alienated in an English suburban bedroom." While his intimate and compulsive attention to detail could be categorised and mistaken for photorealism, Forster prefers to use more ambiguous categories such as the "nearly-photo-realistic" or the "photocopy-realistic," in an attempt to extend the reading of the work towards the meanings inherent to the medium of drawing, and the particular subject-matter of his choosing.
Forster's work has been exhibited throughout the UK, and in New York, including a major solo museum show at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in 2011. In 2014, Ingleby Gallery hosted a major survey of Forster's work that toured to the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester the following year.
Courtesy of Ingleby Gallery