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.
From 1952 until 1963 Forster resided in Mexico, a popular destination for Canadian artists. In Mexico City Forster became fully engaged in the art scene, becoming friendly with the great Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo who influenced Forster's works. Forster placed special emphasis on the supremacy of color in works such as Mexico-Curandero. The floating or dancing forms in this picture bear a close resemblance to Tamayo's works especially through the enveloping, deep, full, and impressive array of colors.
Messum's, London, 2-26 October 2013