New Artists’ Edition by Denzil Forrester

Image credit: copyright Denzil Forrester. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
Image credit: copyright Denzil Forrester. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

Denzil Forrester, Bubbles, 2019
Size: 43 x 59.5cm
Edition of 25, signed and numbered
£2,400 including VAT/ £2,160 to Nottingham Contemporary Patrons.

Ahead of his solo exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary in Feb 2020, we are thrilled to announce a new limited edition work by Denzil Forrester.

We will be launching this work at Frieze London as part of the Allied Editions presentation (Booth A24). This edition is co-published by Nottingham Contemporary and Stephen Friedman Gallery and generously donated by Denzil Forrester, with proceeds supporting Nottingham Contemporary.

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About the Edition

Denzil Forrester's vibrant, colourful works immortalise the dynamic energy of the London reggae and dub nightclub scene of the early 1980s, a subject that has endured throughout four decades of the artist's practice. Based on an original drawing produced in-situ at a club in East London, ‘Bubbles’ depicts a jostling crowd illuminated by the scattered light of a disco ball. Rendered in bold strokes of black and animated by cool tones of blue, violet and pink, the lithograph was printed in seven colours by Idem in Paris. The studio was formerly the home of historic printer Mourlot, who published many of the twentieth century’s leading European artists.

The scene is framed by a broad window of negative space that emphasises the close-knit community depicted. Discussing the influence of the nightclub on his practice, Forrester noted the importance of moments of meditative tranquillity within these busy scenes: "In these clubs, city life is recreated in essence: sounds, lights, police sirens, bodies pushing and swaying back and forth. It’s a continuation of city life with some spiritual fulfilment. The idea of finding tranquil moments among a complex and cluttered environment is the basic structure for my paintings. The figures and images in my work are crowded together, whereas the spaces in-between echo the music of the 'blues' clubs but are also reminiscent of the light that breaks through a forest, or the light that reflects from a nightclub’s mirrored ball.”

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