When Anne Forest graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague i can’t say I was exceptionally impressed by her work. It looked too much like a mannerism to me, but during the last few years she has matured considerably.
Now she is an artist who is immediately recognizable indeed, but her style is also manoeuvrable. It tries to match any material.
Inspired by the Russian Orthodox icons she grew up with, her main subject is the portrait. Every one of these portraits is a stylish clash between icon-like formalism and expression of character.
With every new portrait she strikes a new balance between material, form, line, colour and expression. Every portrait creates its own formalism. At present her work is on show at Heden. Make sure to go and see it!
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Content of pictures courtesy to Anne Forest and Heden.