Michael Forster arrived in Canada in 1928 upon completion of his studies at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts and classes at the Academie Colarossi in Paris. For more than 60 years, he played a prominent role as an early surrealist in the 30's, a Canadian War artist in the 40's and later as an abstract painter in the 50's until his death in 2002.
The focus of this exhibition reflects Forster's passion and deep understanding of space. For years, the artist searched his memory and explored in paint, the suns, moons, planets and meteor showers which he experienced as a child
in India, as a war artist during the night watch on a battleship cruiser and as an observer in his beloved garden sanctuary
in Southern England. A master technically, Forster's layering of paint saturates the canvas with myriad colours and forms
creating subtle spatial movements.