South African visual artist Lisette Forsyth

Lisette Forsyth

Cape Town | 45 artworks for sale

  • Camps Bay - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Camps Bay
    Painting / 59 x 77 cm
    R35 000
  • Hope - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Hope
    Painting / 111 x 92 cm
    R53 000
  • Black Gold - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Black Gold
    Painting / 119 x 95 cm
    R55 000
  • Stellenbosch Pickers - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Stellenbosch Pickers
    Painting / 64 x 86 cm
    R48 000
  • Two Parcels - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Two Parcels
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
    R15 000
  • Smoke - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Smoke
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
    R15 000
  • Mule - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Mule
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
    R15 000
  • Griqua Town - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Griqua Town
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
    R15 000
  • Polcadot - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Polcadot
    Painting / 88 x 64 cm
    R48 000
  • Coach - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Coach
    Painting / 108 x 78 cm
    R53 000
  • One Side Of A Square ed.3/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth One Side Of A Square ed.3/5
    Giclée Print / 140 x 106 cm
    R25 000
  • Victory - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Victory
    Painting / 101 x 69 cm
    R51 000
  • Deadly Nightshade - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Deadly Nightshade
    Painting / 66 x 81 cm
    R30 000
  • Rendition Song - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Rendition Song
    Painting / 101 x 70 cm
    R46 000
  • Lwandle - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Lwandle
    Painting / 70 x 101 cm
    R46 000
  • Outside Prince Albert - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Outside Prince Albert
    Painting / 125 x 80 cm
    R39 500
  • Port St. John's - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Port St. John's
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
    R15 000
  • A Trip With My Mother - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth A Trip With My Mother
    Giclée Print / 27 x 34 cm
    R4 750
  • Closed Circuit - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Closed Circuit
    Giclée Print / 34 x 40 cm
    R5 500
  • Lockdown Blues - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Lockdown Blues
    Painting / 25 x 32 cm
    R6 000
  • Harbour Lights - Painting by Lisette Forsyth Harbour Lights
    Painting / 42 x 30 cm
    R9 750
  • Social & Personal Intimacy - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Social & Personal Intimacy
    Giclée Print / 51 x 67 cm
    R9 000
  • 9 Months Of Intimacy - Painting by Lisette Forsyth 9 Months Of Intimacy
    Painting / 42 x 56 cm
    R20 000
  • Bär and Ivy ed.1/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Bär and Ivy ed.1/5
    Giclée Print / 107 x 77 cm
    R18 400
  • European Girl - Painting by Lisette Forsyth European Girl
    Painting / 35 x 48 cm
    R15 000
  • Bird Island - Hand Finished Print by Lisette Forsyth Bird Island
    Hand Finished Print / 107 x 77 cm
    R25 000
  • Dog Tickets - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Dog Tickets
    Giclée Print / 29 x 42 cm
    R4 000
  • Trade With Mozambique - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Trade With Mozambique
    Giclée Print / 52 x 38 cm
    R6 000
  • Cellphone Banking - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Cellphone Banking
    Giclée Print / 29 x 42 cm
    R4 000
  • Famous Amateurs - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Famous Amateurs
    Giclée Print / 52 x 72 cm
    R8 000
  • A Piece Of Ground - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth A Piece Of Ground
    Giclée Print / 29 x 42 cm
    R4 000
  • Team Work - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Team Work
    Giclée Print / 110 x 76 cm
    R18 400
  • Homeland - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Homeland
    Giclée Print / 105 x 75 cm
    R18 400
  • World Games - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth World Games
    Giclée Print / 110 x 76 cm
    R18 400
  • Fun - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Fun
    Giclée Print / 106 x 77 cm
    R18 400
  • Official Handbook - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Official Handbook
    Giclée Print / 29 x 42 cm
    R4 000
  • Cuba - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Cuba
    Giclée Print / 120 x 75 cm
    R18 400
  • Chamais Bay To Port Nolloth - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Chamais Bay To Port Nolloth
    Giclée Print / 104 x 80 cm
    R18 400
  • A Sentiment Of Sorrow - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth A Sentiment Of Sorrow
    Giclée Print / 51 x 62 cm
    R8 000
  • Bachelors & Spinsters - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Bachelors & Spinsters
    Giclée Print / 54 x 74 cm
    R8 000
  • Milk Mad - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Milk Mad
    Giclée Print / 54 x 74 cm
    R8 000
  • Trader - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Trader
    Giclée Print / 30 x 42 cm
    R4 000
  • Port St. John - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Port St. John
    Giclée Print / 30 x 42 cm
    R4 000
  • Entrance - Original Sketch by Lisette Forsyth Entrance
    Original Sketch / 91 x 59 cm
    R6 000
  • Crime And Punishment - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth Crime And Punishment
    Giclée Print / 59 x 78 cm
    R9 000
  • Highest Spot - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Highest Spot
    Painting / 64 x 84 cm
  • Cape Agulhas Light - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Cape Agulhas Light
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
  • Sitting On A Cloud - Drawing by Lisette Forsyth
    Sitting On A Cloud
    Drawing / 38 x 29 cm
  • Loving Subjects - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Loving Subjects
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
  • Lovely Llandudno - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Lovely Llandudno
    Painting / 61 x 76 cm
  • Kei Mouth River - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Kei Mouth River
    Painting / 33 x 46 cm
  • H2 Ous - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    H2 Ous
    Painting / 33 x 46 cm
  • Zone R - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Zone R
    Original Painting / 69 x 73 cm
  • Across Africa - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Across Africa
    Painting / 105 x 137 cm
  • Four-Wheeled Vehicle - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Four-Wheeled Vehicle
    Original Painting / 33 x 46 cm
  • Be Kind - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Be Kind
    Painting / 34 x 37 cm
  • Rivers - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Rivers
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
  • Building The Future - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Building The Future
    Painting / 115 x 92 cm
  • Kei Mouth - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Kei Mouth
    Original Painting / 34 x 47 cm
  • Under My Hand - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Under My Hand
    Painting / 34 x 48 cm
  • Sunlight - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Sunlight
    Original Painting / 57 x 76 cm
  • Essential Worker - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Essential Worker
    Painting / 34 x 46 cm
  • The Future - Hand-Finished Print by Lisette Forsyth
    The Future
    Hand-Finished Print / 119 x 94 cm
  • Native Curios - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Native Curios
    Painting / 57 x 75 cm
  • King - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    King
    Original Painting / 34 x 47 cm
  • Essence - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Essence
    Painting / 63 x 78 cm
  • 12 Year Old - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    12 Year Old
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Kings Will Dream - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Kings Will Dream
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Dark Eyes - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Dark Eyes
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Wheeling - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Wheeling
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Fire Wood - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Fire Wood
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Piece Of Africa  - Hand-Finished Print by Lisette Forsyth
    Piece Of Africa
    Hand-Finished Print / 119 x 94 cm
  • Prepare - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Prepare
    Original Painting / 56 x 76 cm
  • Deep Low - Original Artwork by Lisette Forsyth
    Deep Low
    Original Artwork / 39 x 30 cm
  • Interior - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Interior
    Original Painting / 39 x 30 cm
  • Formally Separated - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Formally Separated
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Ist Day - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Ist Day
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Mother's Love - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Mother's Love
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Snell - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Snell
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Lady Atlas - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Lady Atlas
    Painting / 122 x 205 cm
  • BAZAAR - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    BAZAAR
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Religious Communication - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Religious Communication
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Forgive - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Forgive
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Guardian - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Guardian
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Trade With Mozambique - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Trade With Mozambique
    Original Painting / 57 x 42 cm
  • Other Vehicle - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Other Vehicle
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Payday (Betaal) - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Payday (Betaal)
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Purity - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Purity
    Original Painting / 59 x 78 cm
  • Water For Domestic Purposes - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Water For Domestic Purposes
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Eligible Land - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Eligible Land
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Homeland - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Homeland
    Original Painting / 110 x 80 cm
  • Loopendewegen - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Loopendewegen
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Land  Grabs - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Land Grabs
    Original Painting / 107 x 80 cm
  • Schulphoek/The Deal - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Schulphoek/The Deal
    Painting / 145 x 87 cm
  • One Side Of A Square - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    One Side Of A Square
    Painting / 145 x 109 cm
  • A Piece Of Ground - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    A Piece Of Ground
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Wheat Free - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Wheat Free
    Painting / 33 x 46 cm
  • Africa My Love - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
    Africa My Love
    Painting / 120 x 96 cm
“I paint to fill the need to create. Constantly experimenting with media and subject matter. The compulsion to recycle pushes me towards mixed media. Cape Town and it’s people provide contradictions and contrasts to work from. Every day is an inspiration . The need to revel and reflect life’s beauty drives me to create. To share the delight in the seemingly ordinary.” – Lisette Forsyth

Lisette Forsyth is as passionate and dedicated to living a fulfilling and creative lifestyle as she is to her artistic process. As such, it should come as no surprise that her lived experience of being a women, mother, daughter, lover, artist, worker, model, photographer, graphic designer, surfer, and globe trotter serve largely as the inspiration for her creative outlet. Drawing inspiration on a daily basis through her deeply personal as well as public life she is able to bring to life the nuances of the human experience on her mixed media canvases. Harnessing the world around her in every aspect imaginable, she works primarily on recycled materials such as rusted steal, drift wood, historic newspapers and maps, as well as old books and construction plans, giving a second life to these once discarded and disregarded surfaces. But creativity does not stop there. Once a surface has been carefully selected from the rejected “waste materials” of our society, it may take days, weeks, months or even years for inspiration to strike. Taking lessons from her early education in graphic design and print making, Lisette understands the importance of paying homage to her canvases by marrying the correct surface with the correct subject matter. The result of such patience and imaginative couplings between surface and subject is both visually spectacular and deeply thought provoking. One speaks to the other, enriching the subjective value and meaning to be found in each and every piece by opening up a dialogue between surface and subject, between artist and art, observer and observed. In this way, Lisette aims to create works that speak not only to the intellectual art connoisseur, but to the ordinary man women and child; not only of the spectacular and sensational, but of the ordinary and often overlooked details of the endlessly inspiring world that naturally surrounds us all.  

Lisette’s national as well as  international recognition and success are a testament to her ruthless dedication and boundless imaginative capacity. Not only has she exhibited across Southern Africa, but has managed to cross boarders as far reaching as galleries in New York, Portugal and Munich. This should serve as a reflection of her flexibility in culturally determined artistic style and taste. Her work is ever changing and adapting to the social, political and cultural climate of the time, and is perhaps the reason why she is able to not only reach, but touch such a vast audience. 
Lisette Bambine Forsyth (b. 1968) is a Cape Town based artist. The city and its residents, the people as well as the fauna and flora, are the inspiration for the artworks she creates.  She studied graphic design at the Cape Technicon, majoring in photography and printing. Between 1992 and 1994, she completed an internship at Mechanical Graphics at the Bayerische Rundfunk, Germany. In 1998 she took up a four month residence in the Caretaker's Studio while on a working holiday in Perth, Western Australia, culminating in a group exhibition: Cottesloe the People. Lisette has exhibited nationally and internationally and was a Vuleka finalist in 2007.
 
In February 2022, Lisette and StateoftheART took part in the International Public Art Festival (or IPAF) in Cape Town, with the artist painting a temporary mural on the Gallery windows.
 

Selected Exhibitions:

 
2019
Solo exhibition LAND, at StateoftheART Cape Town

2018
Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) in New York

2017
SAADA art show with Holden Manz
Group Exhibition: 'UNITLED|SPRING' at StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town

2016

SAADA art show with Holden Manz
Group Exhibition: 'Poudly South African' at Studio Dylan Thomas, Cape Town
Group Exhibition with East Side Studios, Cape Town
BRKLYN Spring Exhibition, Cape Town

2015
Solo Exhibition: ‘Nothing in India’ at Studio Dylan Thomas, Cape Town
Solo Exhibition: ‘Love they Neighbour’ at StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town
Art and antique expo at the Look Out, W&A Waterfront

2014
Group Exhibition: ‘Ladies First’, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany
Solo Exhibition: 'A Reflection Of Us' at StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town
Solo Exhibition: ‘Who’s looking at who’ at Rust and Vrede Gallery
Group Exhibition: ‘Music and Lyrics’ at Rust and Vrede

Works donated for Ukuthemba Child foundation are auctioned by Graham Norton, resulting in sales to Mr Norton.

2013

Solo exhibition: An honest day’s work, Studio Tonic, Cape Town

2012

Part of the Art week in Observatory and Woodstock , resulting in an ongoing relationship with the Jeanneta Blignaut Art Consultancy, Spier.

2011
Group exhibition: Pin Hole at Haas, Cape Town

 

What is your favourite film of all time?
Each decade has it’s own film: the 80s The Outsiders; 90s Jesus of Motreal; 00s Little Miss Sunshine; and 2010 District 9.

What music are you currently listening to and why?
Bon Ivor because its easy listening and beautiful. When I am in the studio I listen to Fine Music radio, it is relaxing , undemanding has very little advertising. The long pieces help sustain a train of thought and it is also a way to keep in touch with what is going on culturally.
Most recently Listening to YO YO MAR and LP .

Which living artists do you most admire and why?
Paul Edmunds, his work is clever and original.

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Brett Whitely because of his loose style and innovative use of materials.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
Harry Wichat at the Smelik Stokking Galleries in Amsterdam. I loved his loose brush stroke and use of colour – it could also have been the hash chocolate.
Most recent exhibition that made an impact was work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in Munich, her use of colour. Stone cold sober.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
Question I get asked most is where do I find my surfaces. I scavenge.

What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
My Father, when I asked what I should do after leaving school he suggested I do what makes me happy.

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what, if any, the significance this location has.
I have a studio in Woodstock, an industrial part of Cape Town. I feel a sense of productivity in the air. I also find the people that live and work here have a style and grace despite their limited resources,every move languid and rhythmic. The weathered and graffitied buildings are also an ever changing inspiration.

What do you like most about being an artist?
To have an outlet for my creative energy.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
Seeing a commission piece bring tears of joy.