Underdog Gallery hosts new exhibition by pop surrealist artist Michael Forbes


Michael Forbes: Come and have a Peek Exhibition PosterLondon’s Underdog Gallery is to present a solo exhibition by British pop surrealist artist Michael Forbes.

Opening on Friday 2nd March from 6.00pm to 10.00pm, the solo exhibition showcases original paintings and limited edition prints.

As always, entry to this art show is free, so feel free to pop in and enjoy the hard work Michael has put in to produce over 25 original artworks, which will be on display in the gallery until Sunday 18th March 2018.

The excellent Brewdog will Be providing great beers for the first 100 guests.

“Don’t let a little bit of frozen rain keep you from an excellent night out,” say the team. “The art is looking amazing!

“We also have a great playlist from the artist himself.”

At the after party there will be live music from Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovel, and Jack , Underdog’s resident DJ, who will be entertaining revellers until late.


Art by Michael Forbes

Described by Ricky Gervais as “may be a little bit mental… but in a good way”, Michael Forbes is an almost entirely self-taught Pop Surrealist artist, who lives in an isolated area in the north of the Scottish Highlands.

He worked as an assistant to Pop artist Gerald Laing in his youth, from whom he “learned more from… than any art school education could provide.’’

Art by Michael Forbes


Michael’s paintings are an extraordinary visual record of his thoughts and dreams, often journeying into the subconscious. His work shows a magical and playful, dream-like world laced with humour and pop-culture.

Michael can count a number of celebrities as fans of his work, including Madonna, Ricky Gervais and Terry Gilliam (who described him as “surreal, mischievous, wryly sweet… and chockablock with wit and wonder”).

He was selected to paint the Millennium poster for the London Underground, which is on show at the Museum of London Transport, and was also selected to represent the future of animal painting in the 2007 Blue Cross exhibition ”Animals in Art” opened by the Queen.

This show allowed Forbes to exhibit with every major British artist from Gainsborough to Hockney at Sotheby’s. He has shown alongside all the major Pop artists, including Warhol, Lichtenstein and Indiana at the Opera Gallery exhibition ”In the Mood for Pop” on New Bond Street London.

Michael was the first artist to have a private exhibition of his work at The Club at the Ivy in London, taking over the entire top floor, in an exhibition curated and organised by Terry Gilliam’s daughter Holly. His work is currently on show in New York at Pop Gallery in Manhattan, where he regularly exhibits with artists better known for their music, such as Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood and most recently Bob Dylan.

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• Michael Forbes: Come and have a Peek 2nd – 185h March 2018 The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge SE1 3JW Web: www.theunderdog.london | Opening Times: Monday: CLOSED; Tuesday: 11am – 11.30pm; Wednesday: 11am – 11.30pm; Thursday: 11am – 11.30pm; Friday: 11am – 01.00am; Saturday: 11am – 01.00am; Sunday: 11am – 22.30

Times may vary slightly due events held during the day and in the evenings, please check Underdog’s events and exhibitions page for the latest information

Art by Michael Forbes

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