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Denzil Forrester Study Day and In Conversation

Red Room and Banqueting Suite
Chelsea College of Arts
45 Millbank

Study Day | 12:30 – 17:30
Red Room, Chelsea College of Arts
Tickets: £5 including lunch |
Limited capacity and booking essential

In Conversation: Denzil Forrester and Kimathi Donkor
18:00 – 19:00
Banqueting Suite, Chelsea College of Arts
Free: booking recommended

For nearly four decades, Denzil Forrester has evolved as a painter who experiments with light, colour and gesture, creating works that are rooted in the physicality and emotional resonance of lived experience, and which seek to evoke a sense of time, place and community.

In September 2019 Art on the Underground invited Forrester to create his first major public commission for Brixton Station. For this Forrester reinterpreted his seminal work ‘Three Wicked Men’ (1982), now in the Tate collection, into an immersive, large-scale painting.


Artist talk: Linder

Join Linder in-conversation with Art on the Underground Curator Kiera Blakey to discuss her recent public commission ‘The Bower of Bliss’ at Southwark station.

The commission, an 85 metre billboard, manifests at Southwark station in the histories, myths and fables of the many women Linder uncovered while artist-in-residence in Southwark. From Londinium sex workers in AD 43; to an 1815 illustration of the Night Queen from Mozart’s opera ‘The Magic Flute’ inspiration for the station architects; to the women who run London Underground today, Linder’s photomontage reclaims the representation of women from the male gaze to form a picture of empowerment for women everywhere.

Linder has been working with photomontage for the past three decades, created from images lifted from erotic, women’s fashion and domestic magazines. The photomontages manipulate and disrupt to challenge cultural expectations of women and in particular the female body as commodity.

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Artist’s Talk: Denzil Forrester and Matthew Higgs

In collaboration with Art on the Underground and Royal College of Art.

As part of Denzil Forrester’s forthcoming UK public commission with Art on the Underground join the artist and Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns in New York for a lively discussion on the artist’s practice, teaching and inspirations.

For nearly four decades, Forrester’s paintings have been rooted in, and provide commentary on, the Afro-Caribbean experience in London. Pulsating with rhythm and an extraordinary use of colour, Forrester’s expressive depictions of dance halls and clubs captured the crowds moving in unison to the beat of the music. In contrast to the joy of his night-time revellers, Forrester concurrently created a series of works which subliminally revealed the rising tensions between police and the Afro-Caribbean community during the late 1970s and early 80s, which culminated in the 1981 Brixton Riots.

Through his energetic paintings, Forrester continues to make work about the past and present aspects of his life. For this commission, the artist has reinterpreted his seminal work Three Wicked Men (1982), now in the collection of Tate, London, into an immersive, large-scale painting. Made during his time at the Royal College of Art, Forrester has returned to Three Wicked Men several times over the decades. The title was borrowed from a track by Reggae George, released a year earlier, in which Forrester identifies the three men as a policeman, a politician and a businessman. In Forrester’s painted versions, the latter figure is often replaced by a Rasta. Reflective of the contemporary black experience and the racial tensions of the time, the painting features Winston Rose; a friend of Forrester’s who died whilst under police restraint in 1981 and which would continue to haunt many of his paintings for the next decade.

Forrester is the third commission in a new series at Brixton, following on from Njideka Akunyili Crosby in 2018 and Aliza Nisenbaum in 2019. The programme selects artists to respond to the diverse narratives of the murals from the 1980s, the rapid development of the area and the wider social and political history of mural making.

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Brixton Public Art Tour with Kelly Foster

Tour starts outside Brixton Underground Station

Come and listen to local historian and Blue Badge Guide Kelly Foster as she explores the memorialisation and portraiture in Brixton’s public art. From familiar sculptures to the lost murals she’ll look at who has been commemorated on the streets of Brixton and the artists that created them.

Tickets available here.

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