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Air, Water and Land (woodcut) 2018


Tui Calling (oil on canvas) 2020

Gayle Forster’s expressive and colourful works reflect changes that occur within our environment, either through human intervention or natural forces.

Her formal educational background, (Ilam University, New Zealand, Central School of Art, London and Yoshida Hanga Academy, Japan), was focused on the print, especially the woodcut. Her studies evolved, combining the pictorial and conveying aspects of eastern and western woodcut applications and extending these into paint and print on paper, wood and canvas.


Since 1979 Gayle Forster has been participating in solo, group and selected exhibitions throughout New Zealand and Australia. Her themes, women (their concerns, dilemmas) and the land and its use.

"All this preparation it's so unnecessary - or is it?"

After her move to Christchurch in 2001, the surrounding volcanic  hills became her source of inspiration and concern. (From the Summit Road, Sure to Rise). "Storyscapes" was published in 2010 and reflects upon the  changes that the landscape of The Port and Bank Peninsula Hills has undergone from its fiery beginnings to its present state.

Changing the Landscape 1

In 2015, to be closer to her family and her origins, she moved from Christchurch to live at  Mangawhai Heads, North Island.  Her first major theme was a personal response to the sea and the forces of water that for her resemble  the turbulent changes she experienced during the Christchurch earthquakes and the need for adaption and change.

In 2017–2020, she continued with themes concerning changes to the land and the issues that arise: the Pohutukawa tree,  its beauty and its vulnerability; the coastal birds and their exposed and threatened habitat.

Gayle is available for commissions or purchases. Contact Gayle

Growth (mixed media)

Growth, 2018 (Mixed media)

"It is with continual wonderment that I enter various avenues as my mind wanders through the tearing, ripping and layering of paint, collage, print, pastels all forming this maze of mixed media.

The many colours, some bright others subdued, change with the light and show just how amazing this piece of art is. Many dreams travelled, many more to enjoy."

Christine (purchaser)