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Tim Forbes Art

Canadian, b. 1950

Born in Nova Scotia and precocious from the outset, Forbes dropped out of high school and shifted into the entertainment industry at seventeen years of age. He worked as an agent to musicians at the age of eighteen and started a comprehensive design company in Nova Scotia when he was twenty-four. He attended NSCAD during those years, but he was not interested in their conceptual emphasis at that time. He has since circled back to this. Moving to Toronto in 1978 Forbes soon launched an award-winning design company and collaborated with an astounding range of clients, from Royal Commissions and Provincial government organizations to Canada’s leading law firms, public and private corporations, as well as performing arts organizations and the Canadian film and television industry.

Ironically, among the myriad of projects Forbes has undertaken, he is perhaps best unknown internationally for the original One-of-a-Kind Show logo, which is in fact his own thumbprint.

Stretching beyond the confines of an urban design studio, in 2006 Forbes created an annex studio at a 1920’s rural schoolhouse in Creemore, Ontario, investigating the haptic aspects of sculpture as a personal new dimension, soon after releasing a first edition of bronze works.

With his painting, he explores scale and form. They reflect contemporary minimalist modeling and are concerned with notions of repetition, patterning, and permanence. They are imbued with the quality of essential form.

Forbes approaches each medium slightly differently.

“In sculpture I work in maquette forms, small scale models in clay or metal that are then scaled proportionally using state-of-the art technology. I then rely on a team to realize the fabrication of large-scale works in resin, fiberglass, bronze, or steel. With paintings I tend to plot digitally to best understand the tension and relationships of the form, and how it reflects on others in a series. But once on the canvas the paint takes over. Photography becomes more capricious counting on a career as an art director and designer with peripheral vision that quickly edits the mind’s eye. Images can be complex compositions of massive digital files. Or not. My preference is shooting in a single-point perspective to imply the dimension of a subject rather than exposing it."

And of his art historical inspiration, this is how Forbes responds: “I tend not to have heroes but am moved by the power and purview of generations of artists: Cimabue, Etruscan bronze, permission from Picasso or Bacon, electrification from Mary Weatherford, sex from Ken Price, immersion from Julie Mehretu, tempo from Twombly, climax in Riopelle, transcendence from Soulages. The amalgam informs the subconscious.”-Forbes.

After sharing his studio time between Toronto and his native Nova Scotia for many years, Forbes set up a permanent studio in Blue Rocks Nova Scotia in 2019.

(Biography provided by OENO Gallery)
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Kingsburg Garage
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
From the photo imagery series of houses, barns and sheds by Nova Scotia artist Tim Forbes which documents the architecture of place which holds both cultural record and memory and r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Sage AP - white, swirling, gestural abstract, resin sculpture
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Cast in resin and coated in a satin white lacquer, this abstract sculpture by Tim Forbes twists and breathes as it rises. The dynamic movement of this work is informed by Forbes' tra...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Resin, Lacquer

Marker 01 02 - black and white, abstract minimalist, diptych, acrylic on canvas
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
In his bold black and white paintings Canadian abstract artist, Tim Forbes explores gesture, spatial tension, and tonal contrast. This carbon black acrylic painting is one of a serie...
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2010s Post-Minimalist Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Procession
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A sun yellow orb rides a cluster broad, midnight black brushstrokes in this bold composition by Tim Forbes. Splatters and inflections on the canvas enhance the dynamic quality of the...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Nude - smooth, white, swirling, gestural abstract, outdoor resin sculpture
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
The sensual curves of this glossy white fibreglass sculpture emulate the human form in this stunning new piece by Canadian multidisciplinary artist, Tim Forbes. As you walk around ‘N...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Resin, Lacquer, Fiberglass, Paint

Singular
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A band of midnight black almost touches a descending shape in this powerful play on spatial tension by Tim Forbes. After completing studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and D...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Volume 03 04 - bold, black and white, abstract minimalist, acrylic on canvas
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
In his bold black and white paintings Canadian abstract artist, Tim Forbes explores gesture, spatial tension and tonal contrast. Several large modular shapes in jet black dominate th...
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2010s Post-Minimalist Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Gravity #2
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Angled orthogonal shapes in dense black on white almost touch in this exploration of spatial tension by Tim Forbes. After completing studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and De...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Move No 2
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Slivers of white wedge apart blocks of midnight black in this bold composition by Tim Forbes. After completing studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Tim ...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Gravity No 1
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A narrow line of white divides a sea of black in this powerful play on spatial tension in this acrylic painting by Tim Forbes. After completing studies at the Nova Scotia College of...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Plan B
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A monolith in midnight black acrylic paint is cut through with narrow lines of yellow and white in this bold exploration of spatial tension by Tim Forbes. After completing studies...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Plan A
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Two shapes in midnight black separated by a narrow band of white is a bold exploration of spatial tension and tonal contrast in this abstract painting by Tim Forbes. After completin...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Best Yellow Door
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
From the photo imagery series of houses, barns and sheds by Nova Scotia artist Tim Forbes which documents the architecture of place which holds both cultural record and memory and r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Orange-Bliue
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
From the photo imagery series of houses, barns and sheds by Nova Scotia artist Tim Forbes which documents the architecture of place that holds both cultural record and memory and re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Blue Rocks Blue
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
From the photo imagery series of houses, barns and sheds by Nova Scotia artist Tim Forbes which documents the architecture of place which holds both cultural record and memory and r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Dark and Stormy
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
From the photo imagery series of houses, barns and sheds by Nova Scotia artist Tim Forbes which documents the architecture of place which holds both cultural record and memory and r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Riverport Red
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
From the photo imagery series of houses, barns and sheds by Nova Scotia artist Tim Forbes which documents the architecture of place which holds both cultural record and memory and r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Transparent Proof
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
From the photo imagery series of houses, barns and sheds by Nova Scotia artist Tim Forbes which documents the architecture of place which holds both cultural record and memory and r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Solace Island
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
From the photo imagery series of houses, barns and sheds by Nova Scotia artist Tim Forbes which documents the architecture of place which holds both cultural record and memory and r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Kingsburg Classic
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
From the photo imagery series of houses, barns and sheds by Nova Scotia artist Tim Forbes which documents the architecture of place which holds both cultural record and memory and r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Eclipse - glossy, bronze, swirling, gestural abstract, resin, outdoor sculpture
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Cast fiberglass sculpture, coated in monochrome bronze gloss takes an organic form that balloons and twists as it emerges from its base. The work sits on a frame, metal base in gloss...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Metal

White Lotus_7
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
Forbes Lotus Series. The Artist’s call was to capture portraits of White Lotus. Being in the midst of Canadian winter none were to be found in the icy city – and unlikely, if ever, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Archival Paper

White Lotus_8
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
Forbes White Lotus Series. The Artist’s call was to capture portraits of White Lotus. Being in the midst of Canadian winter none were to be found in the icy city – and unlikely, if ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Archival Paper

White Lotus_6
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
The Artist’s call was to capture portraits of White Lotus. Being in the midst of Canadian winter none were to be found in the icy city – and unlikely, if ever, to appear. Undeterred,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Archival Paper

Sand Rock_3
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
Sand Rock No. 3 is photo-art by Canadian visual artist Tim Forbes created while at his summer studio on the Atlantic shores of Nova Scotia replete with rock formations. Within the b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Archival Paper

Forbes Tulip Purple _2
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
LIMITED EDITION Forbes Wall Tulip Series by Canadian photo-artist Tim Forbes. “What more hopeful imagery than classic portraits of spring tulips shot in the natural light of the arti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Photographic Paper

Wall Tulip Series
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
LIMITED EDITION Wall Tulip Series by Canadian photo-artist Tim Forbes. “What more hopeful imagery than classic portraits of spring tulips shot in the natural light of the artist’s st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Photographic Paper

Forbes Tulip Petals
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
LIMITED EDITION Wall Tulip Series by Canadian photo-artist Tim Forbes. “What more hopeful imagery than classic portraits of spring tulips shot in the natural light of the artist’s st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Canvas, Photographic Paper

Forbes Tulips Yellow
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
LIMITED EDITION Forbes Wall Tulip photo-art by Canadian visual artist Tim Forbes. “What more hopeful imagery than classic portraits of spring tulips shot in the natural light of the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Photographic Paper

Gold Sisters
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
24K gold plated bronze takes an organic form that twists and breathes as it emerges from its base. The dynamic movement of this intimately sized sculpture by Tim Forbes is enhanced b...
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2010s Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

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Gold, Bronze

White Lotus_1
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
Forbes White Lotus Series. The Artist’s call was to capture portraits of White Lotus. Being in the midst of Canadian winter none were to be found in the icy city – and unlikely, if ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

Materials

Archival Paper

White Lotus_2
By Tim Forbes
Located in Staten Island, NY
Forbes White Lotus Series. The Artist’s call was to capture portraits of White Lotus. Being in the midst of Canadian winter none were to be found in the icy city – and unlikely, if ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Tim Forbes Art

Materials

Archival Paper

Grace
By Tim Forbes
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Patinated cast bronze takes an organic form that twists and breathes as it emerges from its base. The dynamic movement of this intimately sized sculpture is informed by Tim Forbes' t...
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2010s Abstract Tim Forbes Art

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Bronze

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