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Item Name: Painting
Title: Pink African Violet
Maker: Mina Forsythe
Year: 1979
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: overall: 120 cm x 152.5 cm
ID Number: PC85.7

Extended Label Info: A widely recognized Canadian artist, critic and teacher, Mina Forsyth was an active member of the Saskatchewan art community from the 1950s to the 1980s. A participant in five Emma Lake workshops and the Regina’s abstract expressionist milieu, Forsyth’s work is a diverse mix of containing still life’s, landscapes, abstract pieces, and portraiture. In painting everyday subject matter, she was devoted to continuously hone her craft. Much like in the style of Cubism, where forms were simplified into geometric shapes, Forsyth’s distinct style can be seen in Pink African Violet, as a common house plant comes to life through an eloquent use of colour relationships and blocked shapes. Her work continues to be recognized as a significant contribution to Saskatchewan artistic development. Mina Mabel Forsyth (1920-1987) was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba and Master od Fine Arts at Michigan State University. Forsyth taught at the Winnipeg School of Arts, Emma Lake, the University of British Columbia and was a Professor of Art at the University of Saskatchewan, retiring in 1985. In 1991, she was posthumously honored by the Saskatchewan Arts Board with a Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts. Forsyth’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and her work is represented in various permanent private and public collections across North America.