Graham Forsythe (1952 - 2012)

Graham Forsythe was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada where he earned citizenship in 1970. After attaining a BA degree from the University of Guelph he began to write short stories and psychological thrillers. As a young adult Forsythe traveled extensively, from the South Pacific to the Queen Charlottes, tapping into various adventures and experiences. However, it was not until he received an operation correcting his blurred, shadowy vision in 1991 that he could fully appreciate his surroundings and begin to paint. Recording all that had suddenly become visible to him, shapes, spaces and colours seemed like a necessary and logical step. Graham Forsythe's vibrant paintings display a palpable sense of enthusiasm about life. The excitement captured on canvas mirrors a life full of creating and reaching for something more. Forsythe's paintings take the forms of still-lifes, landscapes and luminous abstracts. This self-taught artist credits his optical operation and his travels as his most valuable artistic influences. Forsythe does not categorize his paintings but instead finds that, "painting can be like meditation... without the prejudices of historical reference or anticipation of its outcome."

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