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"Tony Foster: World Views"
2000-09-30 until 2000-11-26
Frye Art Museum
Over the past two decades, British artist Tony Foster
(b.1946) has trekked across the world, capturing the
changing faces of the landscape in a series of heroic
watercolors. Painting on site, often under difficult
circumstances, Foster creates works that are part artistic
vision and part naturalist observation, frequently with
sketches of flora and fauna, or the occasional found
object, adorning the edges of his works. The resulting
images are immediate and memorable. Each work is a
page of the artist's visual diary, a chronicle of events and
encounters that constitutes both journey and destination.
Foster focuses his energy on painting fragile wilderness
regions with an eye to conservation: My work is about
wilderness, a celebration of the fact that even on our
overcrowded and increasingly polluted planet there exist
places of intense beauty without any mark of human
interference. I see it as my role as an artist to spend
time in these places, to distill my experiences, and to
bring my evidence back to civilization. The paintings are
not simply landscapes --- they are a way of describing
what happens when I make my journeys.
Organized by the Frye Art Museum, the exhibition will travel
to New York and San Francisco at the conclusion of its
showing in Seattle. A richly illustrated exhibition catalogue
with essays by Tony Foster and guest curator Duncan
Robinson, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge,
England, is available in the museum store.
From Pasture Wash Trailhead to Royal Arch,
watercolor, 31-1/4 x 21-1/4 | 1-1/2 x 3
Collection of D. Riley DeGroot.
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