Michael Forbes

YSP Associate Artist

Michael Forbes was selected as the 2020 YSP Royal College of Art Graduate Award recipient. To coincide with his first solo exhibition, at Djanogly Gallery (University of Nottingham), Forbes has begun philosophical conversations focusing on the work of artist Elisabeth Frink and the North American philosopher, George Yancy, whose focus is critical philosophy of race.

YSP recently received a significant number of sculptures, works on paper and plasters by Elisabeth Frink. Forbes’ imagined conversations, with outcomes initially including a commissioned essay, consider the physical appearance of Frink’s sculptures, philosophical criticism in thought, intent and how this influences his own artistic practice, which explores contemporary racial politics and international social justice.