Exile Tim Forbes

Year
2020
Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
48 × 72 inches
121.92 × 182.88 cm

In his bold black and white paintings Canadian abstract artist, Tim Forbes explores gesture, spatial tension and tonal contrast. This carbon black acrylic painting is one of a series that examines the concept of pattern recognition. Forbes has created three distinct blocks; the first is clearly separated from the others—'in exile,’ an emotional theme given the present pandemic. “To be in exile means to be forced away from one's home. Napoleon was on Elba but it didn’t work out so well for him. After living half of my life in Toronto, in 2019 I moved to Blue Rocks, NS. Moving away and moving to away. Permission to explore. In the studio ceremony of watching paint dry, unlike other works that assume themselves, I felt this canvas embedded a different complex simplicity – a more personal writing on the wall. COVID19 became 20, became 21. The protocol: forced isolation. I was already living happily in isolation on a hill overlooking the ocean, but this definition was somebody else’s idea. Not mine. Grounded by force not by choice, emotionally estranged from friends, family, lovers and the fullness of free-form life here and there, the answer to the checkout clerk’s innocuous “Do you have Air Miles?” became a blank stare. I wrote on the wall E X I L E.” - Forbes After completing studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Forbes established a graphic design studio and relocated to Toronto, ON. Over the years, his corporate clients have included the Body Shop, Rogers, Rolls Royce and the One-of-a-Kind Show for which he created the thumbprint logo – his own thumbprint. Recent commissions include "Leloop," a stainless-steel sculpture for Daniel Libeskind’s Toronto L Tower and "Power" created for a terrace in the Hariri Pontarini-designed Massey Tower in Toronto. "Cloud," a large porcelain white sculpture engineered to float in a pool on the rooftop terrace of The Art Shoppe condo complex, Toronto. Forbes work is held in private and corporate collections.

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