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Forrest Kirk
b. 1975, San Diego, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Forrest studied at California State University, Los Angeles, and spent a year studying classical painting techniques in an atelier in Paris, France. In 2019, Kirk was a resident at the Bed Stuy Artist Residency, Brooklyn, NY. His work resides in numerous private collections and foundations, as well as in the permanent collection of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

The bold chromatic diversity of Forrest’s paintings are achieved using a variety of media ranging from oils and acrylic to bubble wrap, fabric and Gorilla glue. His images often reference psychological uncertainty and anxiety arising from underlying power structures, specifically those experienced in contemporary urban settings.



2008     California State University, Los Angeles, CA


2020     9 Fists, Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019     Bed-Stuy Art residency, Brooklyn, NY

2018     Body Count, Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA


2021     In Situ, Marianne Boesky, New York, NY

2020    Artist for New York- Hauser Wirth New York, NY

            Behind Face- Gallery Platform LA (online)

            FOG Art Fair- San Francisco, CA

2019     Untitled Art Fair, Miami, FL

            Benefit Auction, JOAN, Los Angeles, CA

            Spring Break Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA

            Rema Mann Hort Foundation Auction, Wekartz, Los Angeles, CA

            Protest, noun- Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

            Plan B Art Fair New York, NY

2018     Killers Three, Post, Los Angeles, CA

             Aztlanization, Center for Arts, Pomona, CA

             Make Your Mark, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin Novato, CA

             Barker Hanger, ODD Ark LA, Los Angeles, CA

             Altered Book, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin Novato, CA

             Rema Mann Hort Foundation, Auction, Nicodem Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017     Contemporary Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin Novato, CA

             Drawn Together, group show, Art Share LA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

             Grand Opening, DSR Studios, Los Angeles, CA



2020     Forrest Kirk: ‘It Doesn’t Always Have to be Didactic.’ Artillery Magazine (September 8, 2020)

             Covid-19 and Anti-Racism Movements Create New Urgency for woking artist, KCET (online)

2019     Meet Artist Forrest Kirk by Shana Dambrot, “Meet An Artist Monday: Forrest Kirk”. LA Weekly (March 25, 2019); [online]

             Sacha Baumann’s FULL BLEDE, Art and Cake, LA (July 23, 2019); [online]

2018     Review: Police, violence and an artist who paints to provoke, Los Angeles Times (July 9, 2018); [online]

             Datebook: Police violence paintings, Los AngelesTimes (June 21, 2018); [online]

             Studio Visit: Forrest Kirk, Curate LA (March 25, 2018); [online]



Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

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