"Andrew Forge (1923-2002), inventive painter, perceptive critic, and revered teacher, was trained in the perceptural realist tradition of the Camberwell School of Art in London, studying with William Coldstream. His early works, for which he received a fair amount of attention, were expressive, lushly painted landscapes and human figures, often nude, but by 1963, Forge recalled in an inverview that he had lost faith in what he was doing. Change came after a stimulating trip to the United States that year. Forge descrived experienceing in New York "a physical openness and beyondness, a structure of unstructuredness, a certain different way of being in the world." The effect of that awareness was dramatic."