TOM FORRESTALL O.C. R.C.A. LL.D.
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 College 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 travelled 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, having supported himself in various related jobs, Forrestall began to devote himself full time to painting.
Awards and Accomplishments
1973 - R.C.A. (Member Royal Canadian Academy of Arts)
1975 - Allied Arts Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
1977 - Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal
1980 - Honorary Doctorate, University of King's College, Halifax
1987 -Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University (LL.D)
1992 - received the 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal
Order of Canada (O.C.)
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 Massachusettes
1979 -limited edition lithograph for the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
1986 - painted portrait of Trudeau's three sons, a gift from the nation to the former Prime Minister. Received the Order of Canada
1990 - painted portrait of Sir John Thompson for Public Works Canada
Recent Exhibitions and Shows
1961-63 University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, Dalhousie University.Confederation Centre, New Brunswick Museum
1965 Roberts Gallery, Toronto
1966 Darmouth College 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 Centre, 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 Watercolours and Drawings", Art Gallery of Nova Scotia touring show
1978 Marlborough Godard Gallery, Toronto, West End Gallery, Edmonton
1979 Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Institute, Calgary, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Art Gallery of Victoria, B.C. Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredricton, 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, Mtddleton, N.S., Glen Gallery, Calgary, Robertson Galleries, Ottawa
1983 Canadian Cultural Centre, Rome, Madison Gallery, Toronto, Shayne Gallery, Montreal
1984Galleria Trentadue, Milan, Habemi Centre 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 Dresdnere, Toronto
Tom Forrestall's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Canada and Europe including "Colville, Forrestall, Pratt" at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and "Aspects of Realism", an exhibition of international art organized by Rothman's.
His work is reproduced in most histories of contemporary Canadian art and is featured in "High Realism in Canada", the 1974 book by Paul Duval. Two monographs on his paintings and watercolours have been published: "Shaped by this Land" (1974) and "Returning the Favour: Vision for Vision" (1992) as well as many exhibition catalogues.
Company Name: Forrestall Fine Art Inc.