This is Tectonic—four strong shapes in jet black on three panels (a triptych). Forbes has created an arresting body of work that explores the concept of pattern recognition visualized in minimalist form. Tectonic plates are the massive irregularly shaped slabs of rock that form the earth’s outermost crust.
“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.
This painting is a triptych with three different configuations. Each canvas measures 48 x 60 inches and can be displayed independently, in diptych, or in triptych.