Archive for April, 2012

A Wayward Orchard A poem written by Luke Witington for Michael Forster’s print “The Orchard”


A wayward orchard.

Derelict almond trees at dusk,

Tendrils swishing and swaying

Scratching with vagueness,

The misty outline of a lake,

Dissolve in tumbleweeds

Of fog and forgetfulness.

Trees surviving from an orchard’s life,

Glide in grey veils of ghostly foliage,

Melt into smudges of passing darkness,

Cradle the fading light in stark branches,

Fog erases the blades of grass, crumbling into mist

As they arch at the waters’ edge.

Banks of tumbling ridges of grass

Sweep into much wider, watery departures,

Drain into unswerving memory,

The farthest away of the lakes,

Drifts on, past the unknown inlets,

A long sky sketches to the farthest shore of the mind.

Luke Whitington.

The spoken word adds another element to this beautiful piece by Michael Forster.

There are a number of other poems written by Luke Witington and they can be read when you visit the gallery to see the exhibition.

See you there

Helen Harwood

t/a Fairview ArtSpace


Michael Forster – “Works on Paper”

Michael’s exhibition opened Wednesday 11th April and has created a lot of interest since.

The exhibition runs till 14th may and I encourage you to come and visit before then.

Statement by the artist regarding print making:


As Edgar Degas once said “photography is a useful tool.”


The development of the digital photographic processes represents a dream-come-true for the reflective artist.


Transpositions from live or imagined images to traditional art mediums and back to the digital palette and so forth open up vast horizons for artistic expressions and feelings and must be considered as part of art processes. Etching and lithographic processes historically became a medium of image expression, both were invented as means of printing the written word and were adapted by the artists to reproduce images.


When photo plate printing first became available to the publishing industry many artists turned to multi-negative printing techniques, involving silk screen methodology in making their work.


The digital medium opens up endless possibilities without having to utilise gnarly chemical processes in dark rooms or polishing with poisonous inks and dyes.


Digital processes for art making are more akin to lithography than etching with the stone being replaced by just about anything that will help create the image, even thin air.


My images aim to show that new technology still applies to classic images – the prints are created to serve my ink printer.


I look for images that are somehow iconic – that seem familiar. I search for images that exist somewhere in the ethos to be discovered, or uncovered. In this search I am inspired by how Michelangelo found his subjects buried in the stone of his sculptures. If art is eternal then this is where those images exist.


Making art is a metaphysical experience.