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Item Name: Painting
Title: Blue Powder Plush
Maker: Jonathan Forrest
Year: 1994
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on paper
Measurements: overall: 76.3 cm x 56.6 cm
ID Number: PC97.6

Extended Label Info: Jonathan Forrest’s work has been part of a resurgence in Western Canadian abstract art. Influenced by Saskatoon artists such as William Perehudoff and Robert Christie, Forrest’s work invites a response to the material nature of his paintings. Key in much of his work, is his unique application of paints, often employing drips, washes, and baths of acrylic paint. In Blue Powder Plush, a blue line in the centre of the canvas is the focal point, acting like a mirrored skyline taking the viewer on an inward journey. Jonathan Forrest (1962-) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and came to Canada with his family in 1977. He received both his BFA (1983) and MFA (1991) from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Forrest has participated in numerous workshops at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan as well as attended the Triangle Artists’ Workshop in Brooklyn, New York. Forrest’s paintings have been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and England. His work is represented in other collections such as The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern, MacKenzie Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, University of Lethbridge, and the Edmonton Art Gallery.