‘Michael Forbes is an extremely accomplished painter. So much is clear from even a cursory examination of his work. However its not how well one can paint in the academic sense so much as what one does with this ability. And here it strikes me that Mr Forbes, who was born and brought up in the extreme North of Scotland, has been granted access to a poetic world all the more remarkable given his isolation. It is not a comfortable world. There is a great deal of tension, of alienation, and of menace in the strange events taking place in the landscape of his imagination, Balloons fish, animals sinister personages, dramas and disasters about to happen, and a certain black humor, are his subject matter.
His pictures are what the leader of Surrealism, Andre Breton demanded of a work of art, Windows opening to an inner landscape. They are truly impressive.’
A Synopsis by Art critic/ Jazz singer George Melly
Michael Forbes is building himself a strong reputation as one of the UK’s most talented painters. Commissioned in 2002 by the world famous band ‘Travis’ brought him further publicity and acclaim. His work is in private collections throughout the world; including the Sainsbury’s Collection and The Museum of Transport London. Unsurprisingly the director of Monty Python, Terry Gilliam collects Michael Forbes’s work.