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Michael Forbes




A Synopsis by Jazz singer/Art critic George Melly





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.





2002 Commission to paint the band Travis



2000 Commisioned to Paint the poster for the London Underground.












SOLO EXHIBITIONS







2002 Castle Gallery, Inverness



1999 Unicorn Gallery LONDON



1997 Chalk Farm, LONDON



1996 Firth Gallery, EDINBURGH



1995 Gallery 41, EDINBURGH



1993 Gallery 41, EDINBURGH



1991 Flying Colours, INVERNESS



1989 Eden Court, INVERNESS





MIXED EXHIBITIONS

2002 Pivotal Gallery, Glasgow



2002 Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly



2002 Glasgow Art Fair



2002 Thompsons Gallery, LONDON



2002 Dublin Art fair,



2001 Glasgow Art Fair



1999 The Affordable Art Fair, LONDON



1999 Lovers and Victims,Beaux Arts, BATH



1998 Artists of Fame and Promise, Beaux Arts, BATH



1998 The Glasgow Art Fair, GLASGOW



1997 Sotheby's, LONDON



1997 The Royal Scottish Academy, EDINBURGH



1997 Flying Colours, LONDON



1997 Leith Gallery, EDINBURGH



1997 The Glasgow Art Fair, GLASGOW



1997 The New York Art Fair, NEW YORK



1997 London Art Fair, LONDON



1996 Thomson's Gallery, LONDON



1996 The Royal Scottish



Academy, EDINBURGH



1996 The Glasgow Art Fair, GLASGOW



1995 Compass Gallery, GLASGOW



1995 The Beltane Spirit, HIGHLAND COUNCIL



1994 Eton Contemporary Art Gallery



1993 Hilton Hotel, HONG KONG