Biography

Award-winning artist Tim Forbes is a contemporary minimalist whose elegant black and
white works on canvas explore the elucidative language of pattern recognition and
transformative potential of pared down organic configurations within complex and
deliberately shifting formal arrangements.  
“Essential in the abstract, works must have a destination, the arrival of which is
addressed in a contemplation of function either within the emotive or within the form.” –
Forbes
With an acclaimed background as an art director and designer, Forbes is a prolific and
highly regarded artist with past showcases at both the Toronto International Art Fair and
NYC’s prestigious Architectural Design Show. Basing his international studio practice of
painting, sculpture and photo-imagery from the historic South Shore of his native Nova
Scotia, his work is found in private and corporate collections from Corsica to Vancouver,
Hong Kong to Houston, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, and New York.

CV

Below are some words on the paintings, from the artist:

"Modern Love"

Working within the conceptual framework of repetition and pattern recognition, Forbes’

works on canvas explore the communicative potential of abstract visual language.

Folding the past into the present a, unique formal vocabulary absorbs the ambient

melody of David Bowie’s 1983 prophetic MODERN LOVE while reflecting on the fast-paced

insta-style swiping of online life. An endless column of jostling black organic forms with

shadowed echoes of minimalist Klein Blue suggests a double entendre on what is

presented and what is held back asserting that minimalism can be flirtatious.

"Split"

Working within the conceptual framework of repetition and pattern recognition, Forbes’

works on canvas explore the communicative potential of abstract visual language. SPLIT,

a coup of formal experimentation, investigates the defining potential of purposely

disrupted form with a nuance of modernist Klein Blue. Challenging the hierarchy of

foreground and background in the tension placed between two suspended black

masses, a sliver of luminous blue powerfully establishes its own command.

"Plate 9"

Working within the conceptual framework of repetition and pattern recognition, Forbes’

works on canvas explore the communicative potential of abstract visual language.

Pared down and essentialized, PLATE 9 presents the penultimate power play of

minimalist subjectivity. Perhaps related to the ethos of one-hand clapping, how much

can be claimed in two relational forms? One completed form holds dominion over

another truncated by the cutting lower edge of the canvas. PLATE 9 has a subtle,

ambiguous, movement braced between ascension and descension, dominance and

submission.

"Triumph"

Working within the conceptual framework of repetition and pattern recognition, Forbes’

works on canvas explore the communicative potential of abstract visual language. In

TRIUMPH, a demonstrative crisp negative line transects three commanding masses

punctuating static space with a resonant stochastic note. Contrary to weight and

volume, the single line operates at once as a dynamic harmonic to offset the gaze and

conduct the composition.

"Tectonic 04 05"

Working within the conceptual framework of repetition and pattern recognition, Forbes’

works on canvas explore the communicative potential of minimalist symbolism. The

large, stridently taut diptych, executed in the vulnerable surface of Black 3.0 (the blackest

mattest black acrylic paint to be clinically developed) TECTONIC 04 05, explores the

shifting plates of a 2-dimensional world. Transition, vibration, portended movement and primal evolution – it is

dynamic change not inertia we must rely on: “The now we know now is not the now we knew.” – TF

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