Stephanie Forbes is an Augusta, Georgia native currently continuing her studies in Savannah, pursuing a degree in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Before moving to Savannah, Forbes studies art at the Augusta State University. in 2011, she purchased Gaartdensity Art Gallery in downtown Augusta, GA; managing all gallery operations and hosting monthly showcases featuring various local and nationwide artists. After selling the gallery, Forbes moved to Northern California where she gained diverse experience working as a photo editor for the What I Be Project, graphic design and marketer for Farm Fresh to You, Art Restorer at Postino in Lafayette, and a freelance / commission painter and illustrator.
Forbes' latest work looks to pull from the environment, primarily the low country, by letting nature and the earth's constant and crucial energy influence her work. Her more recent studies of nature have specifically been in water and its relation to the human spirit and the need for healing. By use of paint, mixed media, and video and photo documentation, Forbes hopes to translate the vast potentials of water and its universal physical, emotional, and spiritual effects on humans.
I am a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, video and photography. Through my use of various media, I immerse the viewer and speak to the multifarious potentials and phenomena of water. My current work studies how water physically and spiritually plays a role on the human self. I investigate water’s symbolism and metaphysical aspects, as humans tend to look toward water for physical and emotional healing; i.e baths for decompression, visits to the ocean to ease stress and relax, etc. We are all made of water and symbolically water is often viewed as the source of life itself (found in many creation myths about primordial waters.) Much of my recent work documents myself and /or my partner in various locations submerged by water. I document ourselves in the ocean letting the waves control the composition and movement in recorded video and pull photos from the recordings to reference and create abstract paintings. I work to see myself or my partner reacting to the movement of the water; Whether we allow the water to move us around, or whether we resist the strength or weakness of the tides. This speaks to our subconscious and unrecognized need to release energy or hold on to something tangible. Water relates to our own existence (the macrocosm mirroring the microcosm and vice versa) as humans by how we give birth, pass on, and associate waters with fluids found in our own body. In my work, I present infinite opportunities to consider the role that water has and can have by how we collectively function as human beings.
2010 / Columbia County Artists Guild Scholarship
2015 / Full Tuition Scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design
2018- PURA, Augusta CC, Augusta, GA
2018- Recondite, La Terra, Savannah GA
2018- Healing Watr(e), MRB Co, Savannah GA
2016- Milk and Honey, Sky City, Augusta GA
2016- The Mind Indigenous, Humanitree, Augusta GA
2015- Tensions That Be, Hive, Augusta GA
2015- HER, Sky City, Augusta GA
2015- Accidental Angst, Hire Grounds, Augusta GA
2014- Emily, Sky City, Augusta, GA
2014- The Muses, P&P Gallery, Concord CA
2014- Idols in Retrospect, Blue Wing Gallery, Woodland CA
2014- A Showcase of Recent Works, Ale Industries, Concord CA
2013- Meet the Artist, Adobe Headquarters, San Jose CA
2013- Adobe Headquarters, San Jose CA
2013- Hummingbird, Sudwerk Gallery, Davis CA
2013- Hummingbird, Boheme, Davis CA
2013- Aqueous, Ale Industries, Concord CA
2013- Finding a Way Home, Delta of Venus Gallery, Concord CA
2012- Father Daughter, Gaartdensity Gallery, Augusta GA
2011- A Showcase of Recent Works, Earth Fare, Augusta GA
2011- A Showcase of Recent Works, Good Books, Augusta GA
2011- Femailty, Tim Conway Studios, Augusta GA
2018- DeFine Art, SCAD Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA
2018- Salon Show, Nonfiction Gallery, Savannah, GA
2015- Tim Curry group exhibition, Guerrilla, Los Angeles CA
2014- The Murray Affair, The Public Works, San Francisco CA
2015- Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson SC
2014- Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson SC
2013- Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson SC
2010- Group Exhibition, METRO, Augusta GA
Austin Rhodes, “Austin Rhodes Show,” Daily News, Augusta GA, June 2018, Section 1.
Vincent Hobbs, “Urban Pro Weekly,” Stephanie Forbes: The Mind Indigenous, Augusta GA, May 2016, Section 5.
Charmain Z. Brackett, The Augusta Chronicle, The Art Side, Augusta, GA, June 2015.
Blue Wing Gallery, “Blue Wing,” Idols in Retro-Spec: Stephanie Forbes, Woodland, CA, March 2014, Section 1.
Woodland Record, “Mail of Woodland,” Stephanie Forbes: Blue Wing Showcase, Woodland CA, March 2014, Section 3.
Jim Smith, “Daily Democrat,” Blue Wing Gallery Features Georgia Artist, Woodland, CA, March 2014, Section 1.
Sarah Dowling, “Woodland Daily News,” Blue Wing to Feature Artist From Georgia, Woodland, CA, March 2014, Section A7.
Ana Christina Bowers, “Dish on 6,” Featuring Stephanie Forbes, Augusta, GA, April 2014, Live on set painting.
Jeff Minthorn, “Verge Magazine,” Get on Up, Stephanie Forbes, Augusta GA, May 2014, Section 1.
Leigh Howard, “Columbia County Magazine,” A Guitar is Born, Stephanie Forbes, Augusta GA, December 2013, pg 43.
Sandy Thai, “Yolo County News,” Art Walk, Stephanie Forbes, Davis, CA, June 2013, Section A1.
Joe White, “Metro Spirit,” On Screen/ Off Screen Stephanie Forbes, Augusta Ga, October 2013, pg 17.
Amy Christian, “Art 45,” The Beat Goes On, Stephanie Forbes, Augusta GA, January 2013, pg 23.
Jeff Minthorn, “Verge Magazine,” The Beat of A Different Brush, Stephanie Forbes, Augusta, GA, January 2013, pg 16.
Joe White, “Vibe Augusta,” Father Daughter Art Showcase, Stephanie Forbes, Rob Forbes, Augusta GA, October 2013, pg 7.
Jeff Minthorn, “Verge Magazine,” Staci Swider, Stephanie Forbes, Augusta GA, February 2012, pg 17.
Jenner Stevenson, “ASU Bellringer,” Art 45, Stephanie Forbes, Augusta GA, November 2012, pg 3.
Valerie Rowell, “The Augusta Chronicle,” Artists to Paint to Music, Band Art Project Hosted by Stephanie Forbes, Augusta, GA, February 2012, Section 4.
Valerie Rowell, “The Augusta Chronicle,” Artists Draw Inspiration From Background Music, Augusta GA, January 2012, pg 5.
Zach Boyden-Holmes, “The Augusta Chronicle,” Band Art Project, Stephanie Forbes, Augusta GA, January 2012, pg 26.
Kelly Jasper, “The Augusta Chronicle,” Art Inspired by Music to Help Others, Augusta GA, January 2012, pg 3.
Neil Gordon, “Buzz on Biz,” Young Artist/Entrepreneur Stephanie Forbes Adds More Bands at Larger Venue, Augusta, GA, January 2012.
Karin Calloway, “Augusta Family Magazine,” Paint to Music, Stephanie Forbes, Augusta, GA, February 2011, Section 2.
Belinda Durant, “Artists Guild Columbia County,” Art Student Scholarship, Stephanie Forbes, August 2010.
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