New Boat on the Lake
egg tempera on board
on verso initialed, titled, dated 1977 and inscribed variously and on labels
26 1/4 x 40 in, 66.7 x 101.6 cm
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000 CAD
Sold for: $5,000
Preview at: Heffel Montreal
Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal
An Important Corporate Collection, Montreal
Tom Forrestall, Tom Forrestall: Paintings 2003, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, 2003
New Boat on The Lake demonstrates Tom Forrestall’s ability to evoke an illusionary, yet natural, visual experience. Forrestall is known for his photographic immediacy, a compelling quality of hyper-realism. His artistic oeuvre is characteristic of Magic Realism, as he explores the boundaries and ambiguities between fantasy and reality – an interest characteristic of his fellow maritime artists Alex Colville, Christopher Pratt and Mary Pratt.
Known for his use of egg tempera – what Forrestall terms his “vehicle in battle” – his layered paint strokes build density. Egg tempera is one of the oldest painting mediums, and egg yolk is a material that produces a surface that quickly dries and hardens. This composition shows a forest that encompasses a pair of figures on a lake. Unbound by the expectation of a rectilinear frame, Forrestall shapes his canvas as two overlapping circles. By embedding his image of the boat with figures within a verdant woodland, the artist effectively creates a psychological experience grounded in nature’s spirituality and mystery. Forrestall explains his intent in the inscription on verso – though he leaves the scenerio shrouded in mystery:
"In this painting I've tried to create the mood, mystery, love, fear of a person (myself) in the deep forest. This shape was used, divided as it is, to sink the person, almost bury him, in the pines. The face is not all seen to extend this mood and mystery and of course the silence of the woods. This person is not lost in the woods, but totally wrapped in it and fully aware of his situation. As to the situation, I leave that up to the viewer!!
Please note: the dimensions include the frame made by the artist.
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