The Tom Forrestall sketchbook collection offers a unique insight into an artist’s working life, a visual and written diary spanning a creative lifetime. The collection now approaching 400 volumes covers over 70 years of the artist’s creative explorations and development. As a daily creative record of observation, reflection and exploration it documents the passions and interests of an observant and creative individual who doodles, sketches and details the people, animals, ideas and places he visits, both literally and imaginatively. Everyday few days the pages of his sketchbooks will be turned so there will be new images to see each time you drop in between now and March 11.
Tom Forrestall Bio.
Thomas DeVany Forrestall, C.M., O.N.S., B.F.A. LL.D., RCA is one of Canada’s leading realist artists. He was born in Middleton Nova Scotia, in 1936. In 1954, Forrestall was awarded a scholarship to the Fine Arts department at Mount Allison University, where he studied with Lawren P. Harris, Ted Pulford and Alex Colville. Graduating in 1958 he received one of the first Canada Council grants for independent study which provided him with the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. Upon their return to Canada they moved to New Brunswick where Tom became assistant curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. He has been a full time artist since 1960. His artwork has been exhibited internationally and is held in major public collection in Canada.