Michael Forster Canadian, 1907-2002

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Born in India, educated in England, and a citizen of Canada, Michael Forster had international artistic roots, making it difficult to place his body of work in any one artistic movement or category. The supremacy of color was paramount to Forster, who here subtly blended layers of paint into gently refined compositions. His rich variations, luminous passages and inherent brilliant surface textures remain compelling even in his smaller works. Coupled with Forster's dexterous handling of paint, the richness of his colors make his works truly exceptional. Such varied and richly abstracted pictures place Forster as a stand-out amongst his contemporaries. He remained active in Canada for more than forty-five years and contributed substantially to the role in the cultural history of Canadian art. A frequent exhibitor with the major art societies by the 1930s, and with several of his paintings in the country's major museum collections at an early age by the 1940s, Forster is an artist with a unique and important place in the annals of contemporary art that reaches beyond international borders.

Museums and Public Collections

Agnes Etherington Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Art Gallery, Hamilton

Art Gallery of Ontario

Canadian Library and Archives

Canadian War Museum

Glenbow Museum

MacLaren Art Centre

National Gallery of Canada

Owens Art Gallery

Peel Heritage Centre

Robert McLaughlan Gallery

British Museum

Royal Cornwall Hospital

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