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Richard Forster

British, b. 1970

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Richard Forster

British, b. 1970

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Richard Forster creates meticulous black-and-white drawings in graphite, acrylic, and watercolor of photographic images he collects or takes himself. Often presenting his drawings in sequences, Forster has recreated images of pastoral nudes, seascapes, and rare 1920s pinups, capturing with compulsive attention to detail their tonal varieties and textures, and addressing the act of drawing itself. He prefers working from high-contrast Xeroxed source material, rather than original photographs, and refers to his images as “nearly photorealistic,” or “photocopy-realistic.” Some of his drawings contain renderings of ultrarealistic paperclips or masking tape to further the artist’s illusion, as in Nude with pattern (Superimposition) (2011). His early work included sculptural responses to architectural settings, and he has repeatedly explored high-rise social housing blocks as a subject in drawings and sculpture.

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Biography

Richard Forster creates meticulous black-and-white drawings in graphite, acrylic, and watercolor of photographic images he collects or takes himself. Often presenting his drawings in sequences, Forster has recreated images of pastoral nudes, seascapes, and rare 1920s pinups, capturing with compulsive attention to detail their tonal varieties and textures, and addressing the act of drawing itself. He prefers working from high-contrast Xeroxed source material, rather than original photographs, and refers to his images as “nearly photorealistic,” or “photocopy-realistic.” Some of his drawings contain renderings of ultrarealistic paperclips or masking tape to further the artist’s illusion, as in Nude with pattern (Superimposition) (2011). His early work included sculptural responses to architectural settings, and he has repeatedly explored high-rise social housing blocks as a subject in drawings and sculpture.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Glasgow International
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The “Photocopy-Realistic” Drawings of Richard Forster
Jun 2nd, 2014
The “Photocopy-Realistic” Drawings of Richard Forster
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