John Forrester 1922-2002


He moved to England in 1953, working at St. Ives for some time where he became a member of the Penwith Society.  In 1955 an exhibition of his work was held at Gimpel Fils, London.  Forrester moved to Paris in 1960 with his wife, whom he divorced in 1963 soon after his daughter was born. The artist remarried and worked in Paris for several successful years before taking the ‘Grand Tour’ of Italy, studying the great painters of the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance, staying for some time  in Tuscany.  In 1973 he travelled to Calice Ligure (Italy) and decided to make it his home, essentially removing himself from the outside art world; shows, press conferences and interviews.


A memorial exhibition of his work was held at Finale Ligure in 2003.