In this bold minimalist painting by Tim Forbes, slim wedges of white punctuate the carbon black. The progression of contrasting white draws the viewer’s eye across the canvas altering the perspective. Forbes uses tonal contrast—black and white to explore the concept of spatial tension.
“Especially in the abstract, the works must have a destination, the arrival of which is addressed in a contemplation of function, either within the emotive or within the form.”
A young Forbes established a graphic design studio in Halifax after attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He soon moved to Toronto. Over the years, his corporate clients have included a prestigious list--the Body Shop, Rogers, and Rolls Royce. As part of a redesign of the flagship hotel for the exclusive Ritz-Carlton 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 Toronto 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 2021, as part of the $200M Queen’s Marque waterfront development in Halifax, a commission for Nova Scotia’s first 5-star hotel, Marriott’s Muir, saw the creation of “Sentinels and Boats” –– a series of photo-based portraits of the rugged Atlantic shoreline. In recent years, Forbes returned to his roots relocating his studios to the solace of Nova Scotia’s south shore. Forbes’s work is held in many private and corporate collections.