M J F O R S T E R
,"Some of my earliest memories are of drawing and painting, although I had no concept of what 2 or 3 dimensions meant aged 5, I was fascinated by how with just a pencil and paper these illusions appeared. Now aged 38 and very aware of what 3 dimensions are it’s still a magical moment when this reality appears on the paper. That is why I paint, for that moment."
Forster describes himself as I’m a watercolour purist; he uses no white paint, no highlights, no masking agents, only the paper. Unlike other painting mediums with watercolour there is no room for error, there is no pause, no rewind, only forwards, and no means of correction. It must be executed perfectly first time around, like an actor on a stage. This makes its performance as a medium all the more impressive, what it can do, the emotions it can stir, the visions it can achieve are it’s alone.
Forster is beginning to understand and overcome the perceived limitations of the medium. His techniques have lead him to develop many distinctive styles, one of which, Überpainting emerged in 2008. This was a massive breakthrough for Forster and has allowed him to understand and embrace a more extended process, and is the style he is perhaps best known for nationally.