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Tom Forrestall
OC, RCA

 

 

Tom Forrestall is painting his Mercedes Benz

TOM FORRESTALL has completed the painting of his 1980 Mercedes Benz 300-SD in the showroom of O’Regan’s Mercedes-Benz on Kempt Road in Halifax.

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Tom Forrestall, Tree, Boundary Line on a Frozen Lake, watercolour, 22.5 x 15 in.

TREE, BOUNDARY LINE ON A FROZEN LAKE (2008)
watercolour
22.5 x 15 in.
framed dimension: 32.5 x 24 in.
$4,000

 

 

 

 

Tom Forrestall, Pine at Grand Lake, watercolour, 15 x 22.5 in.

PINE AT GRAND LAKE (2001)
(study for an egg tempera)
watercolour
15 x 22.5 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 32 in.
SOLD

Tom Forrestall, Splash in Deep Sea, egg tempera, 5 x 5.25 in.

SPLASH IN DEEP SEA (2002)
egg tempera
5 x 5.25 in.
framed dimension: 6 x 6.25 in.
$2,500

 

Tom Forrestall, Squash and Company, egg tempera, 7 x 7 in.

SQUASH AND COMPANY (2002)
egg tempera
7 x 7 in.
framed dimension: 8 x 8 in.
$4,500

 

 

 

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Tom Forrestall, Determination of Flight, egg tempera, 8.25 x 18 in.

THE DETERMINATION OF FLIGHT (2011)
egg tempera
8.25 x 18 in. (including integral frame)
$8,000

 

 

 

 

Tom Forrestall, Looking Back Toward Fox Rock, watercolour, 15 x 22.5 in.

LOOKING BACK TOWARD FOX ROCK (2003)
watercolour
15 x 22.5 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 32 in.

SOLD

 

Tom Forrestall, Melvin Beach, watercolour, 15 x 22.5 in.

MELVIN BEACH (2003)
watercolour
15 x 22 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 32 in.

$4,000

 

 

Tom Forrestall, Beachwood, watercolour, 15 x 22.5 in.

BEACHWOOD (2001)
watercolour
15 x 22 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 32 in.
$4,000

This is the beach of our Swiss friends, they let me come whenever I like to paint here. It's a rough beach, full of boulders, no fine sand or bathers here. Just as I like it, peaceful, quiet, and the place to myself. This gives me time to focus, time to see what I want and don't want, time to see how the late afternoon light raked in over the beach and driftwood stretching long shadows out over the stones.

Tom Forrestall, 2001


Tom Forrestall, Frozen Pond with Skaters

FROZEN POND WITH SKATERS (2003)
watercolour
15 x 22 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 32 in.
$4,000

 

Tom Forrestall, The Canadian Game

THE CANADIAN GAME (2007)
watercolour
15 x 22 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 32 in.
SOLD

 

 

Tom Forrestall, The Spectators

THE SPECTATORS (2005)
watercolour
15 x 22 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 32 in.
$4,000

 

Tom Forrestall, Cow Bay, watercolour

COW BAY (1996)
watercolour
21 x 14.5 in.
framed
$4,000


Tom Forrestall, The Watchman, egg tempera, 6 x 6 in.

THE WATCHMAN (2000)
egg tempera
6 x 6 in.
framed dimension: 9.75 x 9.75 in.
$4,500

 

 

Tom Forrestall, The Watchman, framed

Tom Forrestall, The Endangered Bouquet, egg tempera, 3 x 3 in.

THE ENDANGERED BOUQUET (2002)
egg tempera
3 x 3 in.
framed dimension: 3.75 x 3.75 in.
$2,000

 

Tom Forrestall, The Endangered Bouquet, framed

EIGHT BROKEN SHELLS (framed)

 



EIGHT BROKEN SHELLS (2009)
egg tempera
5.5 x 5.5 in.
framed dimension: 8 x 8 in.
SOLD

 

FLOWERS ON A STRIPED TABLE (undated)
egg tempera
3 x 4.75 in.
framed dimension: 3.75 x 5.5 in.
$3,500
 

FLOWERS ON A STRIPED TABLE (framed)

 

 

TWO CAKES (1997)
egg tempera
2.5 x 8.5 in.
framed as shown
$2,500

 

TWO CAKES (detail)

Tom Forrestall, Night Scream

NIGHT SCREAM
graphite on paper
22 x 20 in.
framed dimension: 27 x 25.5 in.
$1,950

 

"For Forrestall the idea of religion and the human connection to God is the most important aspect of his creativity.
Drawing particularly allowed the"direct flow" from the mind's eye - the spirit - to the drawn line."
Tom Smart, Tom Forrestall: Paintings, Drawings, Writings, Key Porter Books Limited, 2008

 


FOUR SPOONS (undated)
egg tempera
5.25 x 11 in.
framed dimension: 7.25 x 13 in.
$7,500

 


STARTLED WITNESSES (2007)
egg tempera
4.25 x 4.25 in.
framed
$3,000

SQUASH
egg tempera
11 x 5.25 in.
framed dimension: 13 x 7.25 in.
$7,500

 

 

 

SPOON FOUND IN LEAVES
egg tempera
12 x 12 in.
framed
$10,000

STONES AND SPOONS
egg tempera
7 x 7 in.
framed
$4,500

 

FIREWOOD
watercolour
15.25 x 22.5 in.
$4,000

 

BASE OF FULLER FALLS
watercolour
15 x 22.5 in.
$4,000

 

MOUTH OF THE BIG SALMON RIVER
watercolour
15 x 22.5 in.
$4,000

FLOWERS AT SUMMER HOUSE
watercolour
15 x 22.5 in.
$4,000

 

"LOOPINS"
watercolour
22.5 x 15 in.
$4,000

 

 

 

 

VERSO "LOOPINS": HAT TAKEN OFF TABLE

BIG WHITE BIRCH DOWN
watercolour
15 x 22 in.
$4,000

 

MATTHEW'S JEEP
watercolour
15 x 22.5 in.
SOLD

BLOWING LEAVES AND WOODPILE
egg tempera
12 x 24 in.
framed dimension: 15 x 26.75 in.
$10,000

THREE SPOONS, THREE FEATHERS
egg tempera
24 x 18 in.
framed
$15,000

 

 

 

 

 



THREE SPOONS, THREE FEATHERS (detail)

 

THE MAYFLOWERS OF APRIL
egg tempera
23.75 x 23.75 in.
framed
SOLD

 

FOUR SPOONS
egg tempera
24 x 18 in.
framed
$15,000

 

 
 

Tom Forrestall was born in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia in 1936. He was raised in Middleton and Dartmouth. His interest in painting developed by age seven and shortly after he started attending art classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.

In 1954 he obtained a scholarship to attend the Fine Arts Faculty at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. In 1958 he received, at graduation, one of the first Canada Council Grants for independent study and travel throughout Europe. Forrestall then married Natalie LeBlanc of Atholville and returned to Canada to work as Assistant Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton. In 1960 a Forrestall painting was commissioned by the Province of New Brunswick and presented to H.R.H Princess Margaret on the occasion of Her marriage. In that year, he also realized his lifelong ambition as a professional self-employed artist and began experimentation with shaped panels for his art, for which he is now very well-known. Many important commissions and awards have since been bestowed on Forrestall.

Forrestall's principal media have been egg tempera and watercolour and since 1980, lithography printing. His work has been exhibited in private and public galleries both nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. The retrospective exhibition of the artist's work entitled "Paintings, Drawings, Writings" organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia was displayed to great acclaim in Halifax and then continued at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton in early 2009. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication "Tom Forrestall: Paintings, Drawings, Writings" written by Tom Smart, who also curated the retrospective exhibition. In 2010, the retrospective exhibition continued at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg Ontario and the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB. Forrestall's work is reproduced in major histories of contemporary Canadian art. Tom Forrestall received the Order of Canada in 1986. His paintings are in important private, corporate and public collections in Canada and abroad, including in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Owens Art Gallery, Mount St. Vincent University, Dalhouse University, King's College, Halifax, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal, Rideau Hall, Ottawa, and the National Gallery of Hungary in Budapest. In 2010, the National Gallery of Canada acquired three paintings of Tom for its permanent collection.

Tom Forrestall: Paintings, Drawings, Writings
TOM SMART
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia / Key Porter Books, 2008
$60