The life of Noel Forster

Noel Armstrong Forster (15 June 1932 – 7 December 2007) was a British artist who studied at King's College Newcastle, graduating in 1957.

Born in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, he married Eileen Conlon in 1962, with whom he had three sons. He became an Artist-in-Residence and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College Oxford University and later a Principal lecturer in Painting at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in Chelsea. In 1978, he won the John Moores First Prize.

His art can best be described as abstract, colourful and usually involving a cross-weaved fabric of straight or curved parallel lines drawn by hand, often executed in oil on linen. (Source: Wikipedia)

This page provides further details of Noel Forster's Awards, Solo and selected Group Exhibitions.

Artist Noel Forster painting on a large canvas


Artist Noel Forster painting a large canvas
Date Event
1932 Born 15th June at Seaton Delaval, Northumberland
1957 BA (Hons) Kings College Newcastle, Durham University
1970-71 Visiting Professor in Painting at Minneapolis College of Art
1975-76 Artist in Residence and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford
1983-90 Principal Lecturer in Painting at Camberwell College of Art and Crafts
1990-97 Principal Lecturer in Painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design
1986-99 Living in London and France


Date Event
1972 John Moores Third Prize
1975-6 Major Bursary, Arts Council
1976-8 Gulbenkian Award
1978 John Moores First Prize

Solo Exhibitions

scrolls hanging in exhibition space
Date Event
1964 AIA Gallery, London
1967 Greenwich Theatre Gallery, London
1968 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
1969 University of Sussex
1971 Pillsbury House, Minneapolis
1971 Camden Arts Centre, London
1975 Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland
1976 Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1979 Musee de l'Abbaye Ste-Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne
1980 House Gallery, London
1981 Riverside Gallery, London
1983 Air Gallery, London
1987 Anne Berthoud Gallery, London
1989 Anne Berthoud Gallery, London
1990 Anne Berthoud Gallery, London
1991 Cairn Gallery, Nailsworth
1992 Charleston Gallery
1993 Letheringham Mill, Suffolk
1994 Slade Gallery, University College, London
1994 Gardner Centre, University of Sussex
1995 Flowers East, London
1997 Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
1999 Flowers East, London
2001 Flowers East, London
2008 Chelsea Artspace, London (posthumously)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Date Event
1968 Artists' Choice, Kasmin Gallery
1968 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 6
1969 Big Pictures for Public Places, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1971 Reese Palley, New York
1972 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 8
1973 7 aus London, Kunsthalle, Bern
1973 Three Painters, Hayward Gallery, London
1974 British Painting, Hayward Gallery, London
1977 British Painting, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1978 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 11
1978 Local Artists, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1978 style_v1 in the Seventies, touring exhibition
1980 The Newcastle Connection, Polytechnic Gallery, Newcastle
1980-98 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1982 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 13
1982/4/6 Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1987 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 15
1989 The Tree of Life, touring exhibition
1993-8 Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London
1994 Three Abstract Painters, Flowers East, London
1994 British Abstract Art Part 1: Painting, Flowers East, London
1995 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 23
1996 New Abstract Paintings, Flowers East at Riverside Studios, London
1996 Ten Artists from the British Isles, JNJ Gallery, Prague
1998 Angela Flowers Gallery at Riverside Studios, London
1998 Minus, Duncan Cargill Gallery
1998 Small Is Beautiful, Part XVI: Music, Flowers East at London Fields, London
1999 Ten New Abstract Paintings, Flowers East, London
1999 Small is Beautiful, Part 1: Abstract, Flowers West, Santa Monica, California
2000 Angela Flowers Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition
2000 Flowers West, Santa Monica, California
2000 Ersi's Gallery, Athens, Greece
2003 Small is Beautiful XXI: War & Peace, Flowers Central, London
2004 Six from the Sixties, Flowers East, London
2008 Same as it ever was, Chelsea School of Art (1990-2007) (posthumously)
2008 STEW, Art Space Gallery, Islington (posthumously)
2008 Small is Beautiful: Love, Flowers Central, London (posthumously)