Charles Forrester was the master of the visual pun and comes to life through his legacy-sculptures, paintings and drawings, and journals. He was especially adept at working with the human figure, creating abstracted figurative forms in materials ranging from welded steel to laminated-plywood. His engineering prowess is reflected in his kinetic sphere sculptures and wire suspension works. His artwork captured startlingly realistic details, yet his works are highly stylized-often twisted into sly visual puzzles and riddles.
As a university professor for 30 years in England and Kentucky, with roots in New York and the Pacific Northwest, he directly impacted generations of sculptors and artists. Forrester grew up in New York City and received his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Oregon in 1960. He taught sculpture at the University of Salford in England and Western Kentucky University, where he was a long-time beloved professor. Forrester also maintained a studio in the artists’ haven of eclectic East Nashville for the last 12 years of his life.
“As children, my brother and I always knew our family was different from others. We lived a bohemian lifestyle fueled by creativity and frugality. Our father, Charles Forrester, built the family’s furniture using plywood and black paint, while sculpture was stacked all over the house and yard. We moved frequently and for a time, we lived on a boat in Union Bay, Seattle and spent summers living at lookout fire stations in the Northwester wilderness. Over the years, our family frequently traveled to foreign countries living in cheap pensions while our father found inspiration for his creativity in their architecture and culture.”
More information about Charles Forrester and his work can be found at: https://www.charlesforrester.com/
Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary film, A Line Unbroken: The Charles Forrester Story will be held at the Capitol Arts Center on September 16, at 6 PM. A discussion will be held afterwards with the artist’s daughter, Winifred Forrester; WKU Art Historian, Guy Jordon; and former student and sculptor, Russ Faxon. The documentary has a fully illustrated companion art book, A Mind in Motion: The Art of Charles H. Forrester, published in 2020. With insight from art historians and contemporary artists, the film and art book explore his compelling life story and six decades of artwork. This showing is presented by Folly Industries, The Warren County Public Library, and the Downing Museum. You may reserve your free tickets HERE.