Stephen Friedman Gallery. Denzil Forrester in Rome | Holly Hendry: Busy Bodies

5–31 October 2020






The gallery is delighted to present respective solo exhibitions by Holly Hendry and Denzil Forrester in a specially designed space at 30 Old Burlington Street in October. Initially intended for Frieze London and Frieze Masters, these projects will coincide with ‘25 Years‘, a unique group exhibition in celebration of the gallery’s 25th anniversary.

Denzil Forrester in Rome
30 Old Burlington Street, London, W1S 3AR
5–31 October 2020

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present ‘Denzil Forrester in Rome’, a selection of large-scale paintings and works on paper by Grenada-born, British artist Denzil Forrester. In 1983, Forrester was awarded a two-year scholarship by the British School at Rome in Italy. The works made there represent a defining moment in the artist’s practice in which his frenetic depictions of London nightclub scenes are treated with the clarity and intensity of Rome’s natural light and rich art history.

‘Denzil Forrester in Rome’ explores the formative role of Forrester’s fellowship at the British School at Rome from 1983 to 1985. Exhibited together for the first time, these works reverberate with light and colour, synthesising Forrester’s new-found experiences of Rome with his West Indian roots and love of London’s dub scene. Sam Thorne, Director of Nottingham Contemporary, describes how on his arrival in Rome, Forrester felt that “the colours were just singing like mad”. In Italy, Forrester continued to work directly from sketches made back in London of nocturnal revellers dancing to the sets of legendary DJs such as Jah Shaka. Removed from the original experience, he could revisit the subject from memory with renewed intensity.

Forrester incorporates numerous art-historical and architectural references in these works. The artist’s sweeping compositions from this period were inspired by aerial configurations of Rome’s circular piazzas, as well as fountains encountered in the gardens of the Villa Borghese adjacent to the British School at Rome. Forrester has said: “The figurative content in the Rome paintings is inspired by watching Romany people use the fountains to wash their clothes. After spreading them to dry, they would fall asleep on the bank.” The artist has also spoken of his fascination with Old Masters such as Caravaggio and the lasting impression of the intensity and drama of the Italian master’s works. The sense of movement, bold arrangement of colour, dynamic use of line and fragmented picture planes within Forrester’s scenes also evoke Italian Futurism. A painting that the artist made after he returned to the UK is also on view to demonstrate the enduring influence of the residency on his work.

Click here to find out more.

 Holly Hendry: Busy Bodies
Holly Hendry: Busy Bodies

Holly Hendry: Busy Bodies
30 Old Burlington Street, London, W1S 3AR
5–31 October 2020

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present a selection of new works by British sculptor Holly Hendry. Hendry’s large site-responsive sculptures and installations are concerned with what lies beneath the surface and the idiosyncrasies of the human body in all its lived, material and messy forms. Casting is central to the artist’s process, using an array of materials including steel, jesmonite, silicone, ash, charcoal, lipstick, soap, foam, marble, aluminium and grit.

In this new group of sculptures, Hendry incorporates sections of disembodied portraits that reveal their interior workings, taking formal inspiration from defunct machinery and diagrammatic depictions of anatomy. The works on view, several of which have kinetic elements, explore the blurred relationship between our bodies, emotions and mechanisation – stuck on repeat or requiring continual maintenance.

Click here to find out more.

Share this


Toscana (2022). Romantic Movie on Netflix

Toscana is the new romantic drama released on Netflix. It's directed by Mehdi Avaz. Starring Cristiana Dell'Anna and Ghita Nørby. Plot When a Danish chef travels...

F*ck Love Too (2022). Cast, Reviews. Netflix Romantic Comedies

F*ck Love Too (F*ck de liefde 2) is a Netflix romantic comedy directed by Appie Boudellah and Aram van de Rest. Starring Yolanthe Cabau,...

A Perfect Pairing (2022). Romantic Comedy on Netflix

A Perfect Pairing is a 2022 Netflix romantic comedy starring Victoria Justice and Adam Demos. It's directed by Stuart McDonald. Plot It follows a hard-driving LA...

Recent articles

More like this

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments