The art of Ronald Forbes forms a narrative around the way we see and understand the world. It is about illusion, belief and reality - and the fuzzy edges between these. He is an artist who is primarily a painter, but who has also made films throughout his career.
He has had more than forty solo exhibitions and two and three person shows in venues such as the Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Project Art Centre, Dublin, Drian Galleries, London, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Galerie Trace, Maastricht, Plimsoll Gallery Hobart and the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
His paintings are held in public collections in the UK, Ireland, USA, Poland and Australia, as well as private collection internationally. He has received many prizes, including the Guthrie Medal from the Royal Scottish Academy, and awards from bodies such as the Leverhulme Trust, the Carnegie Trust, the Scottish Arts Council and the Hope-Scott Trust.
A richly illustrated book, A Blind Man’s Dreams: The Paintings and Films of Ronald Forbes, by Tom Normand was published in December 2021.