A few weeks ago, a dear friend Francine Kreiss came to visit Gregory Forstner at his studio. After meeting 2017 at a free diving competition, the two maintained a friendship by bonding over their love of the ocean. Francine is a world champion free diver, photographer, videographer, journalist and writer, so her skills and passions perfectly complement Gregory’s practice. It is no secret that Gregory has a strong affinity for the ocean! As she is normally photographing underwater activities like divers and sharks, she applied the same dynamic perspective to Gregory’s studio visit photoshoot.
The editing, colors, and angles are a lot more dynamic than what is usually expected, but this is how the artist’s expressive art process is captured fully! This was done earlier this year, in the lead up to Gregory’s two monumental shows in France. The first one opens on June 3rd at Frac Occitanie Montpellier ! This exhibition will feature a series of flower paintings that are bursting with energy and colors, all created last year during quarantine.
All photos courtesy of Francine Kreiss
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.