Forrest Kirk was born in 1975 in San Diego. He graduated from the California State University, Los Angeles in 2008 and is now based in Los Angeles where he creates his works. Forrest Kirk creates his vibrant and powerful paintings using a wide variety of media, ranging from oils to fabric, gorilla glue and bubble wrap. His images often reference psychological uncertainty and anxiety arising from underlying power structures, specifically those experienced in contemporary urban environment. Kirk also seeks to address the plight of developing individuality within the context of a shared struggle, symbolising empowerment and exploring a sense of purpose.
His work resides in numerous private collections and foundations, as well as in the permanent collection of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, United States, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, United States and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, United States. Kirk’s recent solo exhibitions include 9 Fists, Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Los Angeles, United States (2020); Bed-Stuy Art residency, Brooklyn, NY and Body Count, Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, United States (2018). Forrest Kirk has an upcoming group show at the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London titled Devil’s In The Detail. He also participated in a number of group exhibitions which include Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); Plan B Art Fair, EC Lina Gallery, New York, United States (2019); Spring Break Art Fair, EC Lina Gallery, Los Angeles, United States (2019); Protest, Noun, Torrance Art Museum, United States (2019), Killers Three, Post, Los Angeles, Unites States (2018); Aztlanization, Center for Arts, Pomona, United States (2018); Make Your Mark, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin Novato, United States (2018); POST, Los Angeles, United States (2018); Barker Hanger, ODD Ark LA, Los Angeles, United States (2018).