Michael Forbes
Self-taught painter Michael Forbes was born in Dingwall in 1969.
Amusing, mischievous and often sinister, his surreal paintings have been widely exhibited in collections as varied as the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, to the Museum of Porn in Art, Zurich.
Asked why he started painting, Michael simply explains that he had images in his head, and that painting was a good way to get them out. He has no idea what his work is about.
Nevertheless his highly original and witty style has won him many fans, and he has been commissioned to paint for Terry Gilliam, George Melly and Ricky Gervais, who says of the artist, “He may be a little bit mental…but in a good way.”
Michael lives and works in the Highlands.