Jonathan Forrest : Statement



Jonathan Forrest : Colour Coherence

May 24 - June 9, 2018


My work is a combination of intuitive responses to the world around me, an ongoing dialogue with contemporary and historical painting, and an enthusiastic immersion in the material process of making objects. My natural openness and curiosity has kept me alert to a range of potential approaches to art-making and my creative process is positive – I’m interested in creating something new, something generous and giving, and something that sustains me in the studio.

I come from a history of modernist painting rooted in abstract expressionism and colour-field painting. That past informs my work and acts as a springboard, but there is a friction between that past and working in today’s contemporary art world that generates a spark that pushes the work forward. Past perceived rules and self-imposed constraints fall away and increasingly I embrace an open, playful and searching studio practice.


Jonathan Forrest is an abstract painter who divides his studio time between Vancouver Island and small town Saskatchewan. Forrest studied at the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his BFA in 1983 and his MFA in 1991. Over the past 20 years Jonathan has both participated in and coordinated several artists' workshops including the popular Emma Lake Artists' Workshop in rural Saskatchewan. His work has been exhibited in commercial art galleries across Canada, as well as in public galleries such as the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, The Edmonton Art Gallery and The Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina. Jonathan’s paintings are in numerous collections across Canada including the Canada Council / Art Bank, Canpotex International, Dunlop Art Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, The Glenbow Museum, Mendel Art Gallery, Moose Jaw Art Museum, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Norcen, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Stantec, Suncorp Valuations, University of Lethbridge, University of Saskatchewan, Westburne Industries, and Wood Gundy.