For nearly 30 years English artist Tony Foster has worked in the World’s wildernesses - mountains and canyons, rainforests and deserts, the Arctic and the Tropics.
Travelling slowly - on foot or by canoe or raft, and carrying his painting and camping equipment he makes his paintings in response to what he finds on his journeys.
He does not use photography or sketches but makes his paintings on site, often in the most difficult and uncomfortable circumstances. Sometimes a large-scale work (up to 6 feet by 3 feet!) will take more than two weeks on site before it is sufficiently resolved to roll into its aluminium tube to be completed in his studio in Cornwall.
The paintings are not simply landscapes - by their inclusion of written notes and symbolic objects they record his observations and experiences during his time in the wilderness.
Sacred Places exhibition in Flagstaff
Sacred Places: Watercolour Diaries in the American South West opens at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) in Flagstaff from June 16 - October 13, 2013. Early viewing with the artist and exhibit curator at MNA’s 7th Annual Gala on June 15 and the Brunch and Curator’s Reception on June 16.
A slideshow lecture by Tony Foster will take place on Sunday, June 16 at 2 pm. The artist will talk about sacred places in this region and hiking into them. The lecture is open to the public and is included with Museum admission.