Prodigy. Genius. Phenom. These are just a few words one may use to describe the incredible talents of Autumn de Forest. At age 13, she is truly referred to as an artist prodigy. With her works selling for tens of thousands of dollars, Autumn has taken the fine art world by storm. She has been featured on the Discovery Channel, interviewed on NBC’s Today Show, and was recently chosen by Disney Interactive/Disney.com to be featured in its “Citizen Kid” series about ordinary kids doing quite extraordinary things.
If these accomplishments were not enough, Autumn was also profiled on CNN in their “Power Of She” series, in addition to appearances on The Wendy Williams Show, PBS, Inside Edition, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC News. American Girl Magazine, Scholastic News, Time Magazine for Kids, and the Huffington Post are just a few of the publications that have written extensive features on Autumn as well.
Autumn’s works are so impressive, and her inherent artistic abilities so prominent, they were quickly recognized by Albert Scaglione, Founder & CEO of Park West Gallery, one of the world’s largest independent art dealers and a global fine art concern.
Mr. Scaglione has been a venerable and important mentor for the young artist, and his encouragement and business acumen have allowed Autumn’s passion and creativity to be exhibited and acquired throughout the world.
Autumn de Forest is the youngest artist ever to be represented by Park West Galleries. Her artwork is exhibited alongside great Masters such as Dali, Miro, Picasso and other great artists: quite a fete for a young artist.
“The art of Autumn de Forest already exhibits a maturity and depth that many artists never achieve. She is an amazing person, an avid reader and a sponge for all that is good around her. She and her parents have chosen me to be her art dealer. It truly is a serious responsibility but more so a blessing,” states Albert Scaglione – Founder & CEO Park West Gallery
However, the crowning jewel of Autumn’s career thus far occurred when fashion retailer Aéropostale named her part of their “Epic Kids” Spring 2014 Campaign for P.S. from Aéropostale, landing her on an electronic billboard in the heart of Times Square.
The gift of creation comes naturally to Autumn. Coupled with her natural artistic abilities, is her genetic predisposition to creating fine art. Autumn’s artistic lineage is nothing short of stellar.
She has numerous known and collected 20th century artists in her family, including painters Roy de Forest, California Expressionist School (American, 1930-2007) and George de Forest Brush (American, 1855-1941), an American painter in the style of the Remington School.
Autumn is also the youngest living descendant of Robert W. de Forest, elected the 5th President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1913, and under whose tenure the American Wing of the Museum was built. It was his vision, and is now his legacy, as is his talented descendent Ms. De Forest.
But it is Lockwood de Forest (American, 1850-1932) originally of the Hudson River School; a plein-air painter whose life and work took him to explore the world, and it is his journey to Alaska and his artistic representations of the beauty there that has inspired Autumn to honor her gift of talent and legacy and to unveil her latest collection, a series of works paying homage to her ancestors, which will be accompanied by images taken of Autumn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The cornerstone of this Collection is a work entitled “Lockwood’s Alaska”, a breathtaking work dedicated to her great Uncle Lockwood de Forest.