In this evocative painting by Canadian artist Tim Forbes, two carbon black masses are divided by a bright yellow accent creating a horizon. Known for his abstracts, Forbes’s paintings use minimal tonal expression to explore spatial tension between forms on the canvas. Much of his work is also unfailingly contemporary, inspired by the hot political topics of the day.
‘The title resonated from having heard French President Macron speak on the climate crisis to the US Congress –” There is no Planet B.” Tim Forbes
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.