Ones to Watch: Kieran Forster


As both an artist and a psychiatrist, Kieran Forster uses his artistic practice to explore our emotional and psychological lives. Depending on which of these he is exploring, his work alternates between abstract and figurative modes of expression. According to Kieran, the “peopled” subjects that sometimes emerge from this latter style, when he is exploring mental states and relationships, have garnered interest from teachers of psychiatry for their illustrative quality. On the other hand, his pure abstract work is wider in its application, encompassing foundational concepts from the sciences and the humanities. Sometimes this takes the form of a wave so violently textured it is almost sculptural, standing as a visual representation of emotional tumult; elsewhere, it takes on a tactile quality with swathes of empty space, meant to be reminiscent of the poems of T.S. Eliot.

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