Over the past couple of years, Gregory Forstner has been working on his series ‚Flowers For The Bold‘. Reacting to the new realities imposed by the pandemic, the artist was inspired to create a new series of paintings. A selection was exhibited earlier this year in FRAC Occitanie Montpellier.
Suddenly many things we took for granted were suspended. Things that were crucial and elementary to Gregory’s life, such as the ocean, were considered to be a constant. So when these privileges were taken away, he began to reassess his priorities. Before this, the artist explored issues related to the political background of his family. But when access to nature was stripped away due to the lockdowns, he had to address those needs first. That is not to say there is no link between his new body of works and his previous works, as it is still a progression built upon his experiences as an artist. But he went back to the basics, ’still life‘ – painting of flowers as the building block of many artists in the past.
We spoke to him about this new series in the short video below, beautifully produced by our friend Sophie Loesch!
Gregory Forstner was born in 1975 in Cameroon, now lives and works in Montpellier, France. The artist received a degree from the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna in 1994. Then he spent some years with École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts at Villa Arson, Nice, and Paris. In 2008, Forstner was the recipient of a scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture for a one-year residency in New York with Triangle Arts association. This resulted in a 10 year stay in the city until his relocation back to France. A large retrospective of his works was presented in Fondation Fernet-Branca, Basel in 2018. The artist is known for his paintings and drawings that capture human nature through expressive brush strokes, bold colors, and his signature anthropomorphised dog characters.