Kieran Forster is an Australian artist with an interest in abstraction and portraiture.
He is an occasional blogger on the intersection of creativity, philosophy and well-being
He is also a psychiatrist in private practice (see www.drkieranforster.com.au).
Kieran’s work is produced in his twin studios, one in inner city Brisbane and the other, hidden away in the Sunshine Coast hinterland hideaway surrounded by acres of beautiful forest. This produces a good balance of atmosphere that lends itself to creating a diverse range of work.
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Paintings are available for purchase through direct email contact with the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kieran also increasingly paints on commission, often after someone appreciates a piece that is already sold. Again, this involves direct email negotiation with the artist in the first instance.
Exhibitions are every few years in any event. Next exhibition: 17.11.17 at White Canvas Gallery and Interiors, 6 Byres St Newstead.
The photography reflects years of travel, searching for the spirit of places and people. The places that have been a strong influence include London, France (Paris, Normandy, Nice, Marseilles etc), Germany (Berlin, Munich), Italy (Rome, Florence, Naples, La Cinque Terra, Tuscany) , the USA (NYC, Washington DC, LA), China (Beijing), Thailand, Cambodia (especially Siem Reap and the Angkor temple complex, Phnom Penh, the Killing Fields), Vietnam (from HCMC up to Hanoi, covering Hue etc), Japan (many mountain shrine hikes, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima), The Pacific Islands (Vanuatu, New Caledonia, etc) and Sri Lanka (especially Galle, Sigiriya, Colombo). Australian itself has had a profound influence on both his painting and photography, especially places such as the Kimberley and Kakadu where the ancient Aboriginal presence is most evident). Photography and painting are closely related in their dependence on composition and the pursuit of the soul of things through visual means.
“Abstraction is about transmuting emotions, schemas, dreams, moods and philosophies into colour and form…in other words, the life of the mind and the narrative of the soul on canvas. But it can never be limited to this ….it’s the music of freedom.” (Kieran Forster)
“I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was – I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I’d never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn’t know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds. I wasn’t scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road
“It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.”