Kieran Forster is an Australian visual artist with a history of solo exhibitions and a substantial online following. He is also a psychiatrist in private practice, based in tropical Brisbane, Australia. Before he studied medicine and psychiatry, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Continental Philosophy ….that’s the background to all the art work you see here and at http://www.kieranforster.com. It is also the philosophical underpinning of what you see at http://www.drkieranforster.com.au
He is not aligned with any gallery by choice. He does not believe a gallery owner should have any power over the value of his work, either to him or to others. He identifies with the “outsider” artist tradition as it allows most free thought and freedom of expression.
“Although I sell my work regularly, I am strongly opposed to the commodification of art or the use of art as a currency of prestige. It distracts from the great gift art gives to the soul of the modern self, seeker of meaning and hoping for more. Ofcourse I believe an artist should be paid reasonably for their work, but that is not my motivating drive.”
“I occasionally write this blog in response to the many questions I have received about my work, both as an artist and as psychiatrist.
Being a psychiatrist, it’s impossible not to bring a desire to help and heal in the motivation to create. And being a psychiatrist, certain experiences cannot help but inform my art.”