Ronald Forbes: The Everyman Variations

The exhibition will 'carry retrospective examination into the present and the future whilst drawing together the complex web of themes and ideas formed in a long life of looking and wondering.'

- Ronald Forbes

Please note that due to the PCS strike, this exhibition will be closed on Wednesday 15 March. The exhibition will be open as usual on Thursday 16 March.


The art of Ronald Forbes RSA forms a narrative around the way we see and understand the world. 


On the recent publication of his book A Blind Man’s Dreams: The Paintings and Films of Ronald Forbes by Tom Normand, Forbes became aware of some gaps in his overall oeuvre. There was a period in the 1980s where he produced a range of paintings featuring a collage-formed figure searching for something undeclared among fragments of consumer items. These works were inspired by the Bruegel drawing of Elck, the Netherlandish version of Everyman, who figures centrally in a range of morality plays in various European cultures. This exhibition is an attempt to fill one of the missing links in the wide survey of Forbes’s work in A Blind Man’s Dreams.


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