2018 Solo Exhibition - The Portland Gallery, London, 27th September - 12th October

In 1990, we held our first Archie Forrest exhibition. Since then his paintings have gone from strength to strength, bringing joy to collectors worldwide. We are delighted to now be holding our eleventh Forrest solo exhibition.

For this body of work, Archie describes that he has painted, “what I like to see in a gallery”. Even upon a cursory glance you will see that, like a wand, his paintbrush has magically created an ensemble, taking artistic cues from many of the great paintings he has seen, to create his own joyful symphonies of colour, form and light. There is little wonder that he is regarded as Scotland’s leading contemporary Colourist painter and the natural successor to Cadell and Peploe.

While concentrating on still life, the exhibition also takes us on Archie’s artistic pilgrimage to the South of France that he makes most years with his wife, Linda. From the Jewel toned still life in his Glasgow studio - an opulent suite of rooms in a late victorian apartment decked with dark wood, stained glass and copper fittings - we travel with them to the medieval hilltop village of St Paul de Vence. Here they stay at the renowned Colombe d’Or and pay homage to one of modern art’s homes on the French Riviera. Not only has the hotel counted many of the best-known twentieth century artists as guests - works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Leger and Calder adorn its walls and grounds - its raison d’être is bon vivance; good food, good times, a place to eat heartily and drink well. It is hard to think of a place where Archie would be more at home.

We feel very privileged that, throughout September and October, the gallery will be filled with over forty of Archie’s colourful and energetic canvases. These bold new works will not disappoint.


Archie Forrest Exhibition - Portland Gallery, London - 27th SEPTEMBER - 12th OCTOBER 2018

We are delighted to be holding Archie Forrest's first major exhibition with Portland Gallery since 2013. Archie is Scotland's leading contemporary Colourist painter and has been exhibiting at Portland Gallery since the late 1980s and this new exhibition will comprise a large body of exciting new works.

To register you interest please contact Maria Morrow maria@portlandgallery.com


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Limited Edition Giclee Print produced on Museum Classic 310gsm acid free paper using Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks. Each print has been personally signed and numbered by the artist.

Image Size: 10 x 20 inches, 25.4 x 50.8 cms
Edition Size: 195 

A giclee is a high resolution digital print made with archival quality inks and printed on artist’s watercolour paper. It is considered the world’s best technique for reproducing original works of art. Giclee provides higher resolution and better colour accuracy than other printmaking techniques.

This is the mounted price which includes VAT. All giclee prints are wrapped in cellophane and flat packed with MDF board to protect them from damage.

Balbirnie House

The most special thing ever to be introduced into Fife's Grade A Listed National treasure!!!
Archie Forrest - Scotland's leading contemporary Colourist, and a totally unique artwork project at Fife's Balbirnie House. 
Footage produced in-house via Balbirnie's editing suite, also celebrating art in and around our Orangery.


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Black Fairy Lunch

Last Sunday I attended Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery for the annual Black Fairy Lunch.

For those of you who don't know, Jeanie Rae who set up The Black Fairy Lunch is an incredible woman who has battled cancer for many years. Jeanie, alongside Ryan James (owner of The Two Fat Ladies Restaurant group) decided to hold an annual lunch at The Buttery 7 years ago and named it The Black Fairy Lunch. 

Jeanie's husband approached me many years ago and asked me to paint a black fairy. When Jeanie was in hospital battling cancer, she felt so helpless and utterly despairing. She asked herself "Where on earth am I going to get the strength to get through this?" That was when the fairy landed on her chest. A small, dark-skinned, comforting fairy.

We made 12 hand-signed prints of the fairy and sold them for £1000 each. Since then, Jeanie's son Neil has sold smaller prints through his gallery, Arteries in Glasgow (just off Sauchiehall Street). To this day, Jeanie and Ryan continue to do incredible work to raise money for cancer research. 

I have just found out that we managed to raise over £9500 last Sunday. If you would like to donate to The Beatson Cancer Charity, you can do so by clicking on the link below.


Jeanie Rae, front, pictured with one of the supporters of The Black Fairy Lunch, Jeweller Roddy Sheridan, Debbie Money, of Chas, and Ryan James

Black Fairy Lunch

Monklands Satellite Beatson

Here are some photographs of the new Monklands Satellite Beatson. Last year I was asked to donate some of my time to produce some arty things for the fabric of the building. The idea was to bring outside elements inside. Treatment must be more comfortable when the place looks as good as this.


Archie Forrest will feature in a mixed exhibition at London's Portland Gallery

Archie Forrest is to feature in a mixed summer exhibition at The Portland Gallery, London, which opens on the 27th of July 2016.


27 July - 9 September 2016

A carefully curated selection of some of the best works currently being produced by our contemporary artists, alongside good examples of Modern British works which we currently hold. 

It goes without saying that each artist has their own unique vision, but there is an interesting synergy between many of our living artists and those that came before them and by bringing them together our objective is to illustrate these connections and influences to show how some current artists have tackled similar subjects and techniques, yet still have developed their own unique bodies of work. 

Many of the artists included in this e-catalogue will be having solo shows at Portland Gallery in the coming year and this collection previews some of the works which will be included in those exhibitions. If you would like to be notified of any of their shows in advance, please do let us know and we will keep you informed.

For all enquiries, please contact The Portland Gallery on +44 (0) 20 7493 1888



Warm Table

Warm Table

Glasgow Jug with Jade Basket

Glasgow Jug with Jade Basket

Forrest is making light work of his new exhibition

Archie Forrest opens the door to his studio in the west end of Glasgow to announce he is in a bit of an "adrenaline frenzy".

It is the day before he must deliver the 60 new paintings he has been working on for the last 18 months for Ensemble, his fourth solo exhibition. The men in white coats are coming tomorrow morning to pick them up, and he knows he must put down his brushes. But he can't let go quite yet.

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