Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous artists but many people know very little about him other than strange stories of missing ears. In a busy city it is nice to take a few moments to chill out, have a chat and meet someone new. Wouldn’t it be great if you could meet someone who has had as exciting a life as Vincent Van Gogh?

Van Gogh Find Yourself is truly one of a kind; educational, emotional and heart-warming.

Walter DeForest takes on the role of Vincent, welcoming guests in a small intimate café. He tells the group about his life, the people he knew, and his religious devotion - welcoming everyone into the truly fascinating life of Van Gogh. Whilst the artist speaks he also draws colourful portraits of members of the audiences. If the room is full, he may not have time to draw everyone but if you email him, he will happily get one done for you. This 19th century artist really has taken to the technology of 2016!

This is more of an experience than a show. An hour with this legend of a man may seem unusual but his sweet, endearing nature is inexplicably captivating. Walter has a striking resemblance to Vincent and his performance and commitment to the character could fool you into thinking you are chatting to the artist himself.

The show creates a beautifully relaxed atmosphere and a warm sense of community among its audience - a refreshing bit of Zen amongst a hectic month in Edinburgh. Walter will also be attempting a world record for the most number of portraits drawn in 12 hours.

Van Gogh Find Yourself is truly one of a kind; educational, emotional and heart-warming. Probably the only chance you will ever get to meet a man who's been dead for over 120 years. 

Reviews by Gillian Bain

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The Blurb

Interactive experience. Everyone gets a portrait. Have an intimate moment with Vincent. Witness the passion, humour and heart of a great artist. Based upon the letters of Vincent and Theo and the Memoirs of Vincent’s stay in Auvers-sur-Oise by Adeline Ravoux, DeForest sets the record straight on a true artist’s personal struggle for humanity. You think you know the truth? #VanGoghFindYourself, please. #VGFY Note: Walter DeForest was born, with a hole in his heart, on July 30th. On July 30th, Vincent was buried. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest.