Mark Forth’s paintings involve statuesque figures in dreamlike surroundings with soft lights reminiscent of the Dutch Masters. A modern sense of storytelling makes these works a pleasure to study as figures engage in quotidian rituals. Simplistic in form and ambiguous in content, Forth’s paintings reveal a private moment about to unfold. A great stillness pervades in his work.
Illinois State University, Normal, IL (Commission-a permanent installation of eleven paintings); Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL (Collection of Francis and June Speizer); State of Illinois Museum of Art, Springfield, IL; University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL