Quadrilogy 01 Tim Forbes

Acrylic on Canvas
40 × 40 inches
101.6 × 101.6 cm

A single off-centre white line creates intriguing tension between the two bold black shapes in this compelling painting by Canadian artist Tim Forbes. The white line signals both presence and absence in the figure-ground relationship. There’s a rhythm to the vertical pattern that encourages the viewer’s eye to move up and down the canvas. Forbes suggests that both the Trilogy and the Quadrilogy series re-creates the visual effect of placing your finger in front of the horizon thereby changing your depth of field. The single line reinforces that perspective. “As a single artist with a tinge of OCD I am married to patterns of certainty. Certain food, shirts. Certain paint. Certain canvas and formats.” 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.

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