Chris Forsey RI

Chris Forsey studied Art and Graphics in Bristol in the 1970’s, and on leaving followed a successful career as an illustrator, working in advertising and publishing.

In the mid-eighties, however, he turned his hand to painting landscapes in watercolour. Since then he has exhibited on numerous occasions with both The Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) and The Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters (RI). He has taken part in successful group and two-man shows in Surrey, Sussex and Oxfordshire, and has had several solo shows. He has also exhibited in galleries in the UK and abroad. Recently his work has been much in demand in France and Corsica. He has just been elected a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.

In 2006 Chris was awarded the F. Donald Blake prize at the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters for one of his watercolour paintings of Polperro in Cornwall.

An impressionist at heart, he has extended his watercolour style to include Gouache, Pastel, Acrylic and Ink, and often combines some of these media in one painting. He draws inspiration from the landscapes of southern England, the coasts of the West Country and the bright sunlight and strong colours of the Mediterranean. He tries to capture light and form in a personal and interpretive way, working from copious notes, sketches and photos that are then translated into finished works in the studio.

Chris teaches his own painting classes and runs courses and painting holidays in the UK, and also tutors painting for a holiday company in Greece.