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 W. Stanton Forbes  (1912 - 1989)

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Lived/Active: Georgia/Massachusetts      Known for: realistic and abstract painting, printmaker, sculpture, crafts

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W. Stanton Forbes was born in Athens, Georgia.  As a child, he studied art with his aunt, the artist Lucy May Stanton.  He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1932 with a BA in English and received a Master’s degree in English from Vanderbilt University under the poet John Crowe Ransom.

Having saved money all of his life, Forbes went to Italy in 1938 to study fresco under Giovanni Colacicchi.  From 1942-45 Forbes served with the U. S. Army, 602nd Engineers, Camouflage Battalion, developing several new camouflage techniques for use by the Armed Forces.

Forbes studied History of Art and Applied Arts at Mexico City College from 1950-1953 under Justino Fernandez, Lola and German Cueto, and Enrique Climent.  He worked at the Huntington Hartford Foundation in Los Angeles to produce Monologue, a folio of 25 etchings with poetic text that he exhibited at the Mexican-North American Cultural Institute in Mexico City (1954).

In 1975 Forbes wrote Lucy M. Stanton, Artist, a biography of his aunt.  The book was published by Special Collections, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta GA.

As an adult, Forbes lived much of the time in the north Georgia mountains where, as a child, he had spent summers at his father’s YMCA camp.  He studied weaving with Mary Hambidge at the Jay Hambidge Art Foundation in Rabun Gap, GA, and pottery with Ben Owen at Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, N.C.  Starting in 1939 he designed and built “Still Waters”, three houses around a small pond in Tallulah Falls, GA.  He maintained a studio there until his death in 1989.

At his winter home and studio in Athens, GA he held annual exhibits of his paintings, prints, sculpture, weaving, pottery and furniture.  Forbes often played violin, viola, or piano during these events.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Penn Society of Miniature Painters) 1948
Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C.
Brenau College, Gainesville, GA
Mexican-North American Cultural Institute, Mexico City, Mexico
Gertrude Herbert Memorial Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
Atlanta Art Association
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, 1995, Built Upon Honor, the Ceramic Art of Ben Owen and Ben Owen III (pottery)

Huntington Hartford Foundation Award

Submitted February 2007 by the family of the artist.

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