Exhibitions : 2016

Jonathan Forrest
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Tuesday, June 14, 2016



Jonathan Forrest – “A Conversation with Colour”

Opening Reception:  Thursday, May 26

7 - 9 pm

8 pm Conversation with Jonathan Forrest and Peter Robertson 


In “A Conversation with Colour”, Jonathan Forrest brings us bold abstractions with a sense of wit. Using a fresco-like approach – troweling wet bright colour into a wet grey undercoat of thick paint – he creates unique chromatic gradients, set proud against vividly washed grounds.


“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 … 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.”


Forrest divides his time between Vancouver Island and small town Saskatchewan. The majority of the works in this exhibition were painted over the summer and fall of 2015 at his “rustic” studio in rural Saskatchewan. An old church built in the late 1940s, the studio offers “a space removed from the world, an ideal place to lose [himself] in the work.”


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 Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, and the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina. Jonathan’s paintings are in numerous collections across Canada including Canada Council / Art Bank, Dunlop Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Glenbow Museum, Mendel Art Gallery, Moose Jaw Art Museum, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan Arts Board, University of Lethbridge, and University of Saskatchewan.