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Denzil Forrester: From Trench Town to Porthtowan (2018)

Denzil Forrester: From Trench Town to Porthtowan (2018)

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Catalogue to accompany Denzil Forrester's 2018 solo exhibition From Trench Town to Porthtowan at the Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just.


Career-spanning exhibition of immersive large-scale paintings exploring themes from sewing bags with his mother to the world of London’s dub reggae clubs curated by Peter Doig and Matthew Higgs.


Forrester is the Jackson Foundation’s first Invited Artist, chosen by the Jackson foundation because of the unique nature of their work – it being interesting, honest art that demands an audience.


"I first saw Denzil’s paintings at his Royal College of Art degree show in 1983. It was thrilling and unusual to see depictions of East London’s‘Blues’ and Dub clubs and clubbers painted in those dynamic, large scale works. I was humbled and in awe of the ambition and realness of the vital, imposing canvases. 


"Denzil’s work stood out because it portrayed a world and scene that was scarcely pictured in the fine arts . . . one that was known to me through music and one that captured the impact that artists such as Linton Kwesi Johnson were having on the times. 


"Denzil’s series of paintings depicting the brutal murder of his family friend Winston Rose at the hands of the police were as powerful and poignant as any song or ballad being composed about these sadly not uncommon occurrences. But Denzil’s work felt as much connected to the world of painting and painters as it did to that of music: Max Beckmann, Edward Burra, Jorg Immendorf, Jah Shaka, Dennis Bovell and Prince Jazzbo I Roy; to name just a few. 


"Seeing Denzil’s work again and learning more about how it was made and what inspired him convinced me that a new generation of artists would be as excited to see it as I was.


"I believe Denzil Forrester is one of the most important painters to come out of London in the early 80s and his work remains as vital and relevant today as it was then. This large exhibition at the Jackson Foundation, From Trench Town to Porthtowan, will showcase seminal early works as well as recent works painted in Denzil’s new home of Cornwall."


Peter Doig, 2018


Denzil Forrester: From Trench Town to Porthtowan- Solo Exhibition
26 May - June 23 2018.
Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just, Cornwall, TR19 7LB.

  • 48 pages
  • Over 26 illustrations
  • Forwards by Peter Doig and Kurt Jackson
  • 22 x 22cm
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