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Tom Forrestall



Tom Forrestall is painting his Mercedes Benz

TOM FORRESTALL's "A Car for all Seasons" features an exquisitely painted 1980 Mercedes Benz 300-SD at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
from March 5 - April 19, 2015.

CBC has done a feature on this exhibition, please view it by clicking here...

Or if you would like to listen to Tom's interview on AS IT HAPPENS, click here


egg tempera
23.75 x 23.75 in.

Tom Forrestall, Frozen Pond with Skaters

15 x 22 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 32 in.


Tom Forrestall, The Canadian Game

15 x 22 in.
framed dimension: 26 x 32 in.



Tom Forrestall's work is currently touring as part of CAPTURE 2014, which continues its tour at Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville May 1 - June 28,
and at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Western Branch, Yarmouth November 14 - May 15, 2016.

To read Doug Pope's Canadian Art magazine review of this exhibition, please click here and
Elissa Barnard's review in the Chronical Herald, please click here...
and lastly

Suzanne Robicheau's article in Saltscapes Magazine, September 2014 please click here



egg tempera
5.5 x 5.5 in.
framed dimension: 8 x 8 in.


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
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia / Key Porter Books, 2008