Archibald ('Archie') Forrest

Donald Dewar, 1937 - 2000. Secretary of State and First Minister for Scotland (2000)

About this artwork

Dubbed by the press 'father of the nation', Donald Dewar reinstated the Scottish Parliament. He became First Minister in May 1999 and presided over the official opening in July that year. A private man, he had told journalists that his perfect Christmas would be spent alone "with an oven-ready meal and a stack of books". As if commenting on this vision, the sculptor, Archibald Forrest, has balanced Dewar's head on a pile of books. Mostly by Ruskin, they also make reference to Dewar's interest in art. He was particularly fond of the work of the Scottish Colourists.

Archibald ('Archie') Forrest

Archibald ('Archie') Forrest

Archie Forrest studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1969 to 1973. He taught there for seven years before giving up teaching in 1985 to be a full-time artist. His work has appeared regularly in the annual shows of both the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, to which he was elected in 1988, and the Royal Scottish Academy. A painter and a sculptor, Forrest is essentially viewed as a colourist working in the subdued earthy harmonies of the Glasgow school. Cézanne and Matisse are major inspirations to the artist.