People Watching | Stephen Forbes at Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin


Date(s) - 22/06/2020 - 03/07/2020

Gormleys Fine Art





Gormleys Fine Art are delighted to present “People Watching”, an exhibition of works by renowned Irish painter Stephen Forbes this month.

Stephen Forbes was born in Northern Ireland in 1973. He trained at the Royal Academy School in London and has enjoyed a very successful career since.

Forbes’ work is held in public and private collections including the Allied Irish Bank , The Deutsche Bank, The Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, Queens University Belfast, Leverhulme, The Ulster Bank and The Office of Public Works. His most recent series of paintings focus on bustling crowd scenes, depicting groups of people going about their daily life.

His figures often appear in bright and vibrant colour on neutral backgrounds, allowing them to stand out, bold and impactful. His impasto and textured approach to painting brings his figures to life, giving them a sense of liveliness and movement, creating a dynamic and energetic scene. There is a ‘happy” light touch , yet at the same time an underlying seriousness in the artists intentions.

The inspiration for the new collection came from simply observing large groups of people. Forbes notes, “Each figure has its own personality achieved through an economical use of thick paint. Only a few strokes are required to capture each individuals essence. Overall these paintings celebrate the joyful process of painting itself”.

“People Watching”, an exhibition by Stephen Forbes runs in Gormleys Fine Art Belfast and Dublin and online at from June 22nd.


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