10 November 2009

New Collection of Still Life Paintings by William Forrestall Opens at the New Brunswick Museum


A new exhibition of paintings by Fredericton artist William Forrestall has just opened at the New Brunswick Museum.  The collection, spanning the past twenty five years, explores the theme of still life painting.  The accompanying publication, William Forrestall, was co-produced with the artist, and is available from the Museum Shop. The exhibition continues at the New Brunswick Museum until January 3, 2010. 

In this extensive collection, Forrestall explores the genre of still-life painting and pushes it in new directions. The carefully composed vignettes of simple objects capture moments in light and time, suggesting contemplation or meditation. His painting technique, a meticulous layering of egg tempera glazes, reveals the quality of craftsmanship in his work.

NBM Curator Peter Larocque states, “Forrestall’s work reflects a timelessness that fits within the historical continuum of still-life painting and yet still responds with freshness as a significant contemporary interpretation.” 

William Forrestall was born in 1959 in Middleton, Nova Scotia, and grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in a very creative household. He graduated in 1982 from Mount Allison University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program just as his parents had done a generation earlier and he has been working full-time as a painter since his graduation. His impressive exhibition record is indicative of his determined and methodical approach to his vocation.

Forrestall’s fascination with basic geometric shapes was reinforced in 1999 on a study trip to the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford, England. While there, in the collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities he saw rudimentary ceramic ovoid forms that had been used as grave offerings and he was entranced by the power and authority of their simplicity.  This influence is reflected in his still-life paintings featured at the New Brunswick Museum.

New Brunswick Museum Director and CEO Jane Fullerton comments, “The NBM is pleased to recognize the work of this significant New Brunswick artist, and to continue the tradition of highlighting New Brunswick art.”  

Since its inception, the collection, preservation and exhibition of art has been a significant part of the mandate of the New Brunswick Museum. New Brunswickers abroad brought back fine and decorative pieces to enlighten and inspire those at home. With the development of the NBM, many of these treasures were donated to the Museum. In the 1950s, the NBM began to actively acquire and exhibit the work of artists living and working in the province. Ground-breaking programmes such as the ‘Know Your Own Artist’ Series, solo and group shows and key acquisitions showcased the work of New Brunswick artists, creating awareness of the excellence of artwork being created in the region.

To discover the timeless collection of works by William Forrestall, visit the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, Saint John. The exhibition continues until January 3, 2010. Accompanying publication William Forrestall is available from the Museum Shop.

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