Multi-disciplinary artist Tim Forbes created this acrylic painting on the 20th anniversary of September 11th. Like many of us, he remembers exactly where he was on that fateful day. Forbes was in his Toronto studio when a friend phoned and told him to turn on his tv as the ‘world had changed’. NYC was under attack. The twin towers had been hit by a plane. Black smoke. Horror.
Forbes says this minimalist work—black acrylic on white canvas was not intended as a memorial to 911. It was, however, inspired by images of that day that still haunt him. He continues his exploration of pattern recognition with this bold, dramatic work.
“A static line facing upward from a mid-point is borrowed from a previous triptych series… set at approximately 23 degrees – the angle of the Earth’s axis. So, the world turns.” Tim Forbes
A young Forbes opened a graphic design studio in Halifax after attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He soon moved to Toronto where his corporate clients included a prestigious list--the Body Shop, Rogers and Rolls Royce. As part of a redesign of the flagship hotel for the exclusive Ritz-Carleton Hotel chain, Forbes created more than 40 original pieces including several paintings. Other recent Toronto commissions include "Leloop," a stainless-steel sculpture for Daniel Libeskind’s ‘L’ Tower, "Power" created for a terrace in the Hariri Pontarini-designed Massey Tower and “Cloud," a large porcelain white sculpture engineered to float in a pool on the rooftop terrace of The Art Shoppe condo. In 2018, Forbes moved his studio from Toronto to the solace of Nova Scotia’s south shore.
In 2021, Forbes received a commission for Nova Scotia’s first 5-star hotel, Marriott’s Muir. Entitled, “Sentinels and Boats,” Forbes created a series of photo-based raw portraits of the rugged eastern shoreline.
Tim Forbes' work is held in private and corporate collections internationally.