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Denzil Forrester

Itchin & Scratchin

Denzil Forrester

Itchin & Scratchin

Denzil Forrester, Dub Dance (1993) Oil on board. Copyright Denzil Forrester. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London



17 October 2020 to 17 January 2021

A solo exhibition by painter Denzil Forrester, including new and existing paintings and works on paper that capture the vibrant energy of the dimly lit dancehalls of 1980s London and the present-day open-air clubs of Jamaica.

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Book for Denzil Forrester and Eddie Chambers In Conversation

On 19 November, painter Denzil Forrester is joined in conversation by artist, historian and curator Eddie Chambers, to discuss the exhibition and Forrester’s wider practice.

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“Forrester’s lifework is thus not just a colorful immortalization of ’80s-era London nightlife but also the representation of a burgeoning Windrush generation that was fashioning the styles and sensibilities of Black British culture.” – Rianna Jade Parker, ArtNews

An interview with Denzil Forrester
denzil forrester: anatomy of an artwork_the guardian, February 2020

Skye Sherwin discusses Denzil Forrester's painting 'Night Strobe': "a dazzling encapsulation of east London’s buoyant 80s music scene".

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Denzil Forrester

Denzil Forrester (b. 1956, Grenada, based in Truro, UK) studied at the Central School of Art, London in 1979 and at the Royal College of Art, London in 1983. Recent solo exhibitions include A Survey, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2019); From Trench Town to Porthtowan, Jackson Foundation, St. Just (2018); White Columns, New York; Tramps, London (both 2016), all curated by Peter Doig and Matthew Higgs; Two Decades of Painting, The Edward Wilmot Blyden Project (2002); Memory and Images, Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery (1996). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Somerset House, London (2019); Tate Britain, London; Metro Pictures, New York (both 2017); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2000); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (1997); Barbican Art Gallery, London (1995); Whitechapel Gallery, London (1986) and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (1984). He was awarded a scholarship by the British School at Rome in 1983-85 and a Harkness Fellowship in New York in 1986-88. Forrester’s commissioned work, Brixton Blue, a reinterpretation of his seminal work Three Wicked Men (1982), is on view at Brixton Underground station in South London until September 2020.

Partners and Supporters

Presented in partnership with Nottingham Contemporary, where the exhibition will be on display from 8 February to 3 May 2020. With support from Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

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