FORREST, Pris

1942 - ?

Priscilla Anne Forrest, was born in Malta in 1942, eldest child of Dr. Thomas B. Forrest (born 10 June 1914), and his wife Luciana P. née Le Bleu, who married at Edmonton, London in 1941. Pris spent her childhood in Scotland, taking a post-graduate course at Edinburgh College of Art, studying drawing, painting and printmaking, with a Drawing Scholarship which took her to Paris. Pris then moved, with her family, to Suffolk. Her original work was preoccupied with political violence and the inhumanities of war but, finding herself living much nearer the coast, discovered the watery mudflats and tidal mysteries of the river estuaries, which had a profound effect on her work. Her most recent explorations are about navigation, tides and the open sea, whose infinitely changeable surface hides threats as well as pleasures. In the late 1970s she worked closely with Yvonne Drewry [q.v.] and began to develop her relief prints and opened her own printmaking studio. In the late 1980s she taught print-making at Suffolk College School of Art & Design. Pris belongs to two exhibiting groups including a member of the Ipswich Art Society and in 1985, exhibited from 3 Beacon Lane, Little Bealings, Woodbridge, three paintings 'Fifteen', 'Heads of Ayr' and 'Fiona Practising', in 1997 from 55 Station Road, Blaxhall, Woodbridge, Suffolk, four items 'Footpath', 'Thicket', 'Hill' and 'Path' and in 1998, a graphite & charcoal 'Ploughed Land II'. She retired from teaching drawing and printmaking at the Suffolk College to run private drawing classes at Blaxhall. One of the founder members of the 8+1 Group of Suffolk Painters and has had both group and solo exhibitions in England, Scotland and on the continent, including Wolsey Art Gallery & The Room Upstairs, Ipswich.




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