Tom Forrestall, 2014
Tom Forrestall

Tom Forrestall

Biography

TOM FORRESTALL was born in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia on March 11th, 1936. He grew
up in Middleton and Dartmouth and began to attend art classes at the Nova Scotia Collage in Halifax at
an early age.

In 1954 Forrestall was awarded an entrance scholarship to the Fine Arts Faculty at Mount Allison
University from which he graduated in 1958. In the same year he received a Canada Council Grant for
independent study (one of the first granted) and traveled throughout Europe. In 1959 he became the
assistant curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and in 1960 received
his first major commission – a painting to be presented to Princess Margaret as a wedding gift from the
Province of New Brunswick. Shortly thereafter, Forrestall, having supporting himself in various related
jobs, began to devote himself to full time painting.

Solo Exhibitions

• 1961-63 – University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, Dalhousie University.
Confederation Center, New Brunswick Museum.
• 1965 – Roberts Gallery, Toronto
• 1966 – Dartmouth Collage Art Gallery, New Hampshire
• 1967 – Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
• 1968 – Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Sir George Williams University, Montreal
• 1969 – Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
• 1970 – Roberts Gallery, Toronto
• 1971 – “Forrestall: High Realism”. Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and touring to
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, B.C.
• 1972 – Art Gallery of Windsor, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canadian
Cultural Center, Paris, Boston City Hall; Art Gallery
• 1974 – Art Gallery of Windsor, touring exhibition: Nova Scotia Museum
• 1975 – Sir George Williams University, Montreal, Hart House, University of Toronto,
Marlborough Godard Gallery, Toronto
• 1976 – Marlborough Gallery, New York
• 1977 – “Twenty Watercolors and Drawings”, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia touring show
• 1978 – Marlborough Godard Gallery, Toronto, West End Gallery, Edmonton
• 1979 – Saidye Bronfman Center, Montreal, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Institute,
Calgary, Mendal Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Art Gallery of Victoria, B.C. Beaverbrook Art Gallery,
Fredericton, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, N.S., MacDonald Museum, Middleton, N.S.
• 1980 – Canada House – Belgium and England, National Museum of Art, Sofia Bulgaria,
Cardigan-Milne Gallery, Winnipeg, Liverpool academy of Art, England
• 1981 – National Museum of Art, Romania, National Museum of Art, Cluj, Transylvania,
National Museum of Modern Art, Budapest, Madison Gallery, Toronto
• 1982 – Gallery 32, Milan, MacDonald Museum, Middleton, N.S., Glen Gallery, Calgary,
Robertson Galleries, Ottawa
• 1983 – Canadian Cultural Center, Rome, Madison Gallery, Toronto, Shayne Gallery, Montreal
• 1984 – Galleria Trentadue, Milan, Habemi Center Gallery, Tel Aviv
• 1985 – Gallery 32, Milan
• 1986 – Waddington-Gorce Gallery, Montreal
• 1989 – Riverside Art Museum, Vero Beach, Florida
• 1990 – Park Lane Gallery, Halifax
• 1991 – Robertson Galleries, Ottawa
• 1992 – Ring Gallery, Saint John, N.B.
• 1993 – “Island in the Ice”, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
• 1994 – “The Notebooks of Tom Forrestall”, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, N.S., “Tom Forrestall
– A Decade”, Galerie Dreadnere, Toronto
• 1995 – Ring Gallery, St John, N.B.
• 1996 – Gallerie Dresdnere, Toronto
• 1997 – One hundred miniatures, Forrestall Fine Art, Dartmouth N.S.
• 1998 – Dalhousie Killam Library, special collection of Note Books
• 1998 – Fog Forest Gallery
• 1998 – Trinity Gallery, St John, N.B.
• 1999 – Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
• 1999 – Alderney Landing Gallery, Dartmouth
• 2000 – Dartmouth Heritage Museum
• 2001 – Argyle Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
• 2001 – Kinsman Robinson Galleries Toronto
• 2001 – Gallery Trenta Dua, Milan
• 2002 – Trinity Gallery
• 2003 – Kinsman Robinson Galleries Toronto
• 2003 – Swiss Air 111 crash wreckage drawings N.S Art Gallery
• 2003 – Argyle Gallery, Halifax N.S
• 2004 – Gallery 78, Fredericton
• 2004 – Kinsman Robinson Galleries Toronto
• 2005 – Trinity Galleries, St John N.B
• 2007 – Planned Retrospective, N.S Art Gallery

Group Exhibitions

• 1996 – Corel Viva Les Arts, Ottawa
• 1996 – Face Value, Nova Scotia Portraiture Art Gallery of N.S.
• 1996 – Between Oceans and Land, Taipe: Taiwan
• 1997 – Resurection Atlantic school of Theology, Halifax
• 1999 – “At the Great Harbour”, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
• 1999 – Appearances of Reality”, Wolfville
• 2000 – Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition, Beaverbook Art Gallery, Fredericton
• 2001 – Forrestall/Boucher Art Sales and Rentals, Art Gallery of N.S. Commissions
• 2001 – Alfa chalk exhibition Argyle Fine Art Gallery Halifax

Collections

• Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
• Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, N.B
• Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Trederickton
• Art Gallery of Hamilton
• Art Gallery of Windsor
• Winnipeg Art Gallery
• National Gallery of Hungary, Budapest
• Musee d’art contemporain, Montreal
• Rideau Hall, Ottawa
• Nova Scotia Legislature
• Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax
• Dalhousie University, Halifax
• King’s College, Halifax
• Mount Allison University
• University of New Brunswick
• Concordia University, Montreal
• Memorial University, St. John’s
• Confederation Center, Charlottetown
• New Brunswick Museum, Saint John
• New Brunswick Legislature
• Canada Council Art Bank
• Acadia University
• La Spirelli, Milan
• Peerless Carpet Corp-
• Bram Garber Collection, Montreal
• Royal Bank of Canada
• Bank of Nova Scotia
• Bank of Montreal
• Esso Resources, Calgary
• Irving Oil, Saint John
• McCain Foods, Florenceville, N.B.
• Readers’ Digest, Montreal
• The Ondaatje Corporation, Toronto
• Toronto City Hall
• The Pasha of Marrakech, Morocco
• Empire Corporation, Nova Scotia
• Dominion Foundries, Hamilton
• Newfoundland Corporation
• Public Works Canada
• Atlantic School of Theology
• Via Rail (mural)
• K & D Industries, Dartmouth
• Archdiocese of Halifax
• Canada Fund National Commission
• R.C.M.P IWK Children’s Hospital Halifax

Awards, Commissions and Appointments

• 1964 – Bronze portrait of John F. Kennedy for the Memorial to him in Fredericton, N.B. (The
plaster cast is housed at the Kennedy Library in Waltham, Mass.)
• 1965 – Bronze of Sir Winston Churchill for the lobby of the New Brunswick Legislative
Building.
• 1967 – outdoor sculpture for the Atlantic Pavilion, EXPO
• 1971 – two sculptures for the Federal Building, Antigonish, N.S.
• 1972 – outdoor mural, Playhouse, Fredericton, N.B. – Secretary of State Citation from the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
• 1973 – R.C.A.
• 1975 – Allied Arts Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
• 1977 – Queens Silver Jubilee Medal
• 1979 – limited edition lithograph for the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
• 1980 – Honorary Doctorate, University of Kings College, Halifax
• 1986 – painted portrait of Trudeau’s three sons, a gift from the nation to the former Prime
Minister. Received the Order of Canada
• 1987 – Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University
• 1990 – painted portrait of Sir John Thompson for Public Works Canada
• 1992 – received the 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal
• 1993 – Board of Directors Robert Pope Foundation
• 1994 – Board of Directors Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
• 1996 – Canadian Fund National Capital Commission
• 1997 – Society of Tempera Painters Santa Fe, N.M
• 1998 – 125th anniversary R.C.M.P Painting
• 1998 – Honorary governor of Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
• 2000 – Appointed to Board of Governors of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
• 2000 – Bell Canada Enterprises
• 2001 – Farm Credit Corporation
• 2001 – Board of Directors of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
• 2004 – Nominated for the Order of Nova Scotia

Publications

• 1996 – Arts Atlantic
• 1996 – Miniature as beautiful objects vie des Arts
• 1998 – Arts & Entertainment Times Globe St. John N.B
• 1998 – Visual Art News (for VANS) “Forrestall Miniatures”
• 1998 – Sackville Tribune Post
• 1998 – Moncton Times Transcript “Sketching an Artist”
• 1999 – Telegraph Journal St. John N.B “Aging Process Continues”
• 2000 – Daily News “Depths of Detail”

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