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Until his retirement in 2008, artist and historian Andrew Forrest was a Sixth Form College tutor in History and History of Art.
Andrew chairs the Society of Eastbourne Artists and is a resident artist at Gallery North in Hailsham. He has shown work at the Martyrs and Chalk Galleries in Lewes, the Birley Centre in Eastbourne and Crypt Gallery in Seaford (for example with the Linchpin Group). In 2008 he took part in an exhibition at
Tournon in the Rhône Valley.
As an artist, Andrew is enthused by vibrant cities at night, characterful architecture, the contours and colours of landscape and the creative chemistry of gardens. He enjoys exploring line and structure and is fascinated by the interplay of art and history. He sees drawing as the landscape’s thread, the artery of art. Andrew’s work seeks to reach out beyond what is seen and to
evoke the soul of places. He has taught various local art groups and at Atelier Lerignac in the Charente, South-West France.
Andrew has written two books: on the Spanish Civil War (Routledge, 2000) and on Van Gogh (Hodder and Stoughton 2002, and translated into Korean and Chinese). He gives art history talks on a range of topics including Paris in the 1890s and Artists and the First World War. He was a featured artist in Terry and
Christine Timblick’s A Picture of the South Downs – Art in the National Park (Halsgrove Press, 2012). His own continuing field of research is the artist Harold Swanwick (1866 – 1929) who for many years lived in Wilmington; Andrew is writing a book about this distinguished artist and has given several
talks about him.
‘A room without pictures is like a house without windows.’ (Harold Swanwick, quoting the Victorian artist and writer John Ruskin)