Carbon black paint on white canvas. Two dynamic shapes stacked and joined by a single static line in white. This is Trilogy 02, one of a series of three paintings created by abstract artist, Tim Forbes. There’s a rhythm to the vertical pattern that encourages the viewer’s eye to move up and down the canvas. Forbes suggests the Trilogy series re-creates the visual effect of placing your finger in front of the horizon thereby changing your depth of field. The single white static line in each piece reinforces that perspective.
“It’s minimalism or nothing.” 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-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 in Toronto and “Cloud," a large porcelain white sculpture engineered to float in a pool on the rooftop terrace of The Art Shoppe condo.
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.
In recent years, Forbes moved his studio from Toronto to the solace of Nova Scotia’s picturesque south shore.
Tim Forbes' work is held in private and corporate collections internationally.