THOMAS DE VANY FORRESTALL, A.R.C.A.
THE EAST ROOM, 1965
egg tempera on masonite
signed and titled on the reverse
30 ins x 36 ins; 76.2 cms x 91.4 cms
Tom Forrestall is a leading figure of High, or Magic, Realism in Canada. This genre became closely associated with Mount Alison through Forrestall, Alexander Colville and Christopher Pratt.
Paul Duval notes the medium of egg tempera is well suited to the “detailed and deliberate sort of realist paintings (Forrestall) was ambitious to produce.” Duval continues: “Like other realists, Forrestall has had to fight against a tide of abstract and pop art which was particularly strong during the 1960s.”
That Forrestall was the subject of a major retrospective and monograph in 2004, attests to the merit of that struggle.
Paul Duval, High Realism in Canada, Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto / Vancouver, 1974, page 91.
Tom Smart, Tom Forrestall: Paintings, Drawings and Writings, Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto, 2004.
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Biferali Fine Art, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, cat. #4.