More Works By Tim Forbes Acrylic on Canvas 2022
40 × 40 in 101.6 × 101.6 cm

About Quandary

In this compelling new work by contemporary artist Tim Forbes, a single thin blue line links the two dynamic black and white shapes that sit atop one another on a neutral gray canvas. The introduction of colour to the black and white palette indicates an inspired evolution for the neo-minimalist artist. This specific blue neither indigo nor royal -- pays homage to the famed ‘Blue’ series by the French mid-century painter Yves Klein.
Colour adds a layer of complexity to the painting and accents the signature formal forms of Forbes’s pieces. The name of this painting— ‘Quandary’ reflects the artist’s own perplexing and finally conscious decision to add colour to his work.

“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.” Tim Forbes.

After attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a young Forbes opened a graphic design studio in Halifax. He soon moved to Toronto where, over the years he became an award-winning communications expert for a prestigious international clientele. By 2006, Forbes was creating bronze sculptures from his annex studio in a 1920’s rural Ontario schoolhouse. By 2011, his work was showcased at the Toronto International Art Fair and at the prestigious Architectural Digest Home Design Show in NYC. The multi-disciplinary artist continues to create sculptures in fiberglass, resin, bronze, wood and stainless steel. His photographic work and his paintings have appeared in both solo and group exhibitions. In the summer of 2019, Forbes left his Toronto studio and returned to the solace of the south shore in his native Nova Scotia. Galleries in Toronto, Boston and Atlanta represent his work.