ABOUT THE ARTIST
Elizabeth Forrest is an artist print-maker whose career has encompassed three-dimensional installation, printmaking, drawing, artist books, teaching, and curatorial work. After earning a B.A, she graduated from Ontario College of Art and later taught there for seven years. Elizabeth went to Kyoto Japan in 1988 to learn colour woodcut printing or mokuhanga. She has specialized in mokuhanga printmaking since 1999 and has taught many workshops in the medium. She now permanently resides in Waterloo Ontario.
Elizabeth's work has been included in several survey exhibitions of Canadian woodblock printmaking; Memorial University, Newfoundland (1988);Stewart Hall, Pointe Claire, Quebec (2010); and Open Studio, Toronto’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition, 40 x 40, 2011. Elizabeth’s work was also included in all three International Mokuhanga Conference Exhibitions. At the 2017 Honolulu exhibition where she received a purchase award from the Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and Arts. In 2022 Elizabeth's designs were selected for perforated shade and barrier structures at two new parks in the Northdale area of Waterloo, Ontario. These are expected to be open to the public in summer 2023.
While living in Japan Forrest's work was accepted five times to the prestigious CWAJ Exhibition and Sale, Tokyo. Her work has been collected by The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and Toronto Public Library, Special Collections, the National Bank, and many corporate and private collections. Elizabeth Forrest’s work is also represented in April Vollmer's book, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, (2015), The Woodcut Artist’s Handbook, by George Walker, (Firefly Books, 2005) and Japanese Woodblock Printing, reprinted 2013 by Rebecca Salter, Thames Books.