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J. Franklin Wright

Drawn to ships and the sea because of the timeless nature of its mystery and beauty, J. Franklin Wright has developed the mastery of the marine composition at its compelling best. Specializing in ship portraits, he is influential for his explorations into the sparsely documented history of Canada’s shipbuilding industry.

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"Early Morning" Tom Forrestall

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Original watercolour on paper painting measuring 23 x 15 inches, 31 x 23 including the framing. Price includes the framing.

TOM FORRESTALL

Thomas DeVany Forrestall, C.M., O.N.S., B.F.A. LL.D., RCA was born in Middleton Nova Scotia, in 1936. Forrestall's family later moved to Dartmouth which allowed him to attend Saturday morning art classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax in the 1940s. In 1954, Forrestall was awarded a scholarship to the Fine Arts department at Mount Allison University, where he studied with Lawren P. Harris and Alex Colville. He graduated in 1958 and received one of the first Canada Council grants for independent study which provided him with the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. Upon his return he became assistant curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. He has been a freelance artist since 1960.

Forrestall’s art has been classified as Magic Realism – an imprecise term often used to describe the work of a coterie of east-coast Canadian painters who emerged after the Second World War (Alex Colville, Christopher Pratt, Mary Pratt). Although their geographic roots, styles and vocabularies were similar, these artists applied themselves differently, each adapting naturalism in a personal way.

As an artist, Tom Forrestall is one of the leading figures associated with the visual arts of the Maritime region. His work has been exhibited and represented in every major public collection in the region and beyond, as well as in solo exhibitions in many prominent galleries worldwide. His art has been reproduced in numerous histories of Canadian art and is featured in ‘High Realism in Canada’ the 1974 book by Paul Duval. Two monographs on his paintings have been published, ‘Shaped by This Land (1974) and ‘Returning the Favour:

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About J. Franklin Wright

Drawn to ships and the sea because of the timeless nature of its mystery and beauty, J. Franklin Wright has developed the mastery of the marine composition at its compelling best. Specializing in ship portraits, he is influential for his explorations into the sparsely documented history of Canada’s shipbuilding industry.

A native of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Wright is strongly influenced by his environment. With a style that captures a fleeting moment in time, “a characteristic feature of Wright’s work is the production of clear and accurate draughtsmanship. The coloring is natural and luminous and the depiction of his subjects in bright weather discloses as much as possible about the vessel and its details, both on board and in its surroundings”. (Poulson, The Northern Mariner, CNRS, Memorial University, January 1992, p. 101) Many of Mr. Wright’s paintings have been made into limited edition prints.

Evidence of his popularity is reflected by an increasing number of “sold out” prints. His editions have received medals of distinction. “Wright, one of the most sought after artists in Canada continues to become more popular with each painting and edition released.” (Canada Today, Canadian High Commission, London, June 1991, p.12) J. Franklin Wright, whose work has been shown extensively throughout Canada, has exhibited internationally at the Annual Mystic Invitational, Mystic, Conn.; the Jacob Javitz Centre, New York, New York; the Royal Society of Marine Artists London, England; the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London, England.

He is a member of the International Society of Marine Painters in Florida. Wright is the only Canadian included in the influential marine volume, 20th Century British Marine Painting by Denys Brook-Hart. A book featuring the mastery of Wright’s work and titled The Marine Art of J. Franklin Wright features many of the historic vessels that have earned Franklin Wright international acclaim. Down to Earth Art are proud to be the exclusive dealer of originals and new prints for internationally renown marine artist J. Franklin Wright.

 

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