About the Artist
Aristotle Forrester (American, b. 1993) graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design as a Fine Arts major with a concentration in Painting. Throughout Aristotle’s life, art has provided the lens through which he comes to understand his surroundings. Growing up in Chicago’s violent and tumultuous South Side during the 1990s, Aristotle found – through his own volition and the guidance of his mother, also a painter – that painting not only provided a relief but was ultimately one of the only things in life he could understand and trust. Colors were honest, motivating, empowering; discovering the world through them ultimately helped Aristotle make his own way in it.
Aristotle continues to search for better ways to cultivate his vernacular of marks and techniques to continually find new, more powerful ways to communicate with his audience. Through works best described as existential – even sublime – abstraction, Aristotle deconstructs reality to capture the totality of space through the emotive power of color and line.
Captivated by universal forces that affect every aspect of our existence – among them euphoria, astonishment, aspiration, and sorrow – Aristotle strives to translate emotions into forms of power and color with paint as his medium. Art critic Franklin Einspruch writes: “Forrester builds up his pictures with vivacious strokes of oil. They coalesce into landscapes, vague but filled with burning light . . . The artist’s borrowings from AbEx and Futurist masters are not debts so much as invested leverage. He is painting with a maturity all out of proportion to his age, with honesty and guts.”