Approved: 16.08.2006

Anne Forte

Artist

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Approved: 16.08.2006

I have always drawn and painted the human figure, it has been the main focus of my art since I was a child, and is an interest which continued through art college and beyond. When I had my four children, I recorded their childhood in drawings paintings and prints. Sometimes, years later, I have made work from the memory of these times. So I was intrigued recently, when I came across the writings of

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Categories: Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking
 

Biography

I have always drawn and painted the human figure, it has been the main focus of my art since I was a child, and is an interest which continued through art college and beyond. When I had my four children, I recorded their childhood in drawings paintings and prints. Sometimes, years later, I have made work from the memory of these times. So I was intrigued recently, when I came across the writings of the Swiss psychologist, Piaget, who postulates the theory of 'false memory'. He concludes that the phenomenon of memory is an unreliable concept, and that many of our cherished childhood memories can be mere constructs. What we think of as our memories can be the product of stories told to us as impressionable infants, subsequently embellished and embroidered in our memories as facts. I have made a series of prints and paintings in which I analyse this theory, albeit in a non-scientific manner, using my own memories and family photographs. This felt like a continuation of my former work, but with a melancholy edge to it, as I began to question the truth of my memories. In my screenprints for my show at Edinburgh Printmakers called 'Feels Like Forever', (2010) I have used the technique of screenprinting to create many rich coloured layers, using photographs and text to re-create what I think of as my childhood experiences and those of my children. I have tried to capture the nostalgia we hold for our childhood in these works. Other strands of my work include a strong interest in literature and opera. I worked as a theatre designer for some years (TAG and the Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow) and this has had an influence on my paintings and prints. I enjoy the theatricality and hightened colour and gesture to which this theme is sympathetic. I try to convey a sense of tension in these works, and often use and interpret stills from films.  An exhibition at the National Theatre, Southbank, London (Three Scottish Printmakers 2010) followed from a series of paintings and prints I made from these themes. I exhibit my work regularly with the RSA and the SSA, Edinburgh Printmakers, For Arts Sake, and many other venues and galleries in Britain and abroad. 

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2010 - Paintings and Prints, The Meffan Museum and Art Gallery, Forfar, Scotland 2009 - Feels Like Forever, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh 2004 - in transit, Byre Theatre, St. Andrews, Scotland Group exhibitions 2013 - Edinburgh Printmakers at ROSL, Royal Overseas League, Edinburgh 2012 - Big Print, Small Print, Warclaw, Poland 2012 - Edinburgh Printmakers, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh 2012 - GrafiKa Polska ,Big Print/Small Print, Warclaw Academy of Fine Arts, Poland 2012 - OWWO, Summerhall, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh 2012 - Postcards to Japan, Fukushima Perfectural Museum of Art, Fukushima Japan 2012 - RE Printmaking Show, Royal Society of Etchers, London 2011 - 20:20, workshops in print, Travelling exhibition 2011 - Affordable Art Fair, Brighton, London 2011 - First Press, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh 2011 - Fixed Dimensions, Amber Arts, Edinburgh 2011 - Hidden Edinburgh, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh 2011 - Multiples, Christies, London 2011 - RSA Annual Exhibition, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh 2011 - Small Works, RSA Buildings, Edinburgh 2011 - Visual Arts Scotland, Annual Exhibition, RSA Buildings, Edinburgh 2010 - SSA Annual Exhibition, RSA Galleries, Edinburgh 2010 - Summer Show, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford 2009 - New Commissions, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh 2009 - Spring Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2009 - Three Edinburgh Printmakers, National Theatre, London 2007 - Prints Tokyo, Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, Japan 2006 - Hybrida, Museum of Modern Art, Brno, Czech Republic/and Bradford, England 2006 - The Aspect Prize, Paisley Art Institute, Paisley, Scotland 2004 - in transit, Byre Theatre, St. Andrews, Scotland 2004 - Kunst, Design und Barbie, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin Artist talks 2012 - Leslie Hunter and the Scottish Colourists, City Art Centre, Edinburgh 2009 - In discussion with Richard Holloway, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh Residencies 2006 - Artist in Resdence, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium Competitions, prizes and awards 2007 - International Print Exhibition Tokyo 2007, Tokyo, Japan 2007 - Tokyo Screenprinting Biennale, prizewinner, Tokyo 2006 - Utopian Art Prize, Stadt Wurtsburg, Germany 2003 - Visual Arts Award, Dundee Arts, Dundee, Scotland 2000 - Printmaker of the Month, Leicester City Gallery, Leicester 1981 - Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Educational experience - tertiary 1994 - Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Art and Design), Moray House Institute, Edinburgh 1981 - BA Honours, Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Publications 2010 - Printmaking Today 2009 - Review, Duncan MacMillan