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Selected Biograpy

Tony Foster, Born Lincolnshire, England 1946

Solo Exhibitions (Selected)

2016

Exploring Beauty – Watercolour Diaries from the Wild

Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London
Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, England
Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation, Palo Alto, California

 

2013-2017

Sacred Places: Watercolour Diaries from the American Southwest

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff
Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation, Palo Alto, California

 

2009

Secret Sites

Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho

 

2008 - 2009

Searching for a Bigger Subject

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Gerald Peters Gallery, New York

Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall

Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London

 

2006

Rocky Days

Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho

 

2005

Into the Wild - Watercolour diaries from Greenland to Bolivia

John Mitchell Fine Paintings, Bond Street, London

 

2003 - 2005

Water Marks:  Watercolour Diaries from Swamps to Icebergs

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, England

James Graham and Sons, New York City

Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, California

Frye Art Museum, Seattle

National Wildlife Museum, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 

2000 –2001

Retrospective Exhibition

Worldviews: The Watercolour Diaries of Tony Foster

Frye Art Museum, Seattle

James Graham and Sons, New York City

Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, California

 

1998 –1999

Ice and Fire:  Watercolour Diaries of Volcano Journeys

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, England

Harewood House, Yorkshire, England

Royal Geographical Society, London, England

Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, California

 

1997

Meyerson + Nowinski, Seattle, Washington

Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, Massachusetts (also 1988, 1994)

 

1995 –1996

Wilderness Journeys:  Watercolour Diaries of the Idaho Rockies

Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Sun Valley, Idaho

 

Arid Lands:  Watercolour Diaries of Journeys across Deserts

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey, England

Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, California

Channing Fine Art, Santa Fé, New Mexico

Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Humanities, Sun Valley, Idaho

 

1992 – 1993

Rainforest Diaries:  Watercolours from Costa Rica

Bruton Gallery, Bath, England

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, England

Harewood House, Yorkshire, England

Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, California

 

1990

Exploring the Grand Canyon

Plymouth Arts Centre, England

Newlyn Orion, Penzance, Cornwall, England

Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, California

 

 

1987 – 1989

 

John Muir’s High Sierra

Museum of Art, Olin Center, Lewiston, Maine

City of Edinburgh Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland

Ecology Centre, London, England

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California (in association with Montgomery Gallery)

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

 

1985 – 1986

Thoreau’s Country:  Walks and Canoe Journeys Through New England

Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts

Thorne Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, New Hampshire

Francesca Anderson Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2016

Inspiring Sights: Yellowstone through the Artist’s Eyes

Whitney Western Art Museum, Wyoming

 

2015

Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester And The Power Of Observation

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

 

2015

West Select

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

 

2011

Land Use Misuse: The Celebration and Exploitation of the American Landscape

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

2010

Works on Paper

Science Museum, London

 

2006

Yosemite - The Art of an Icon

Autry Center for Western Art, Los Angeles, California and touring

 

2003

The Whole Salmon

Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Humanities, Idaho and touring

 

2002

In Praise of Trees

Salisbury Festival, Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire

 

2000-

2001

A Century of Grand Canyon Art

Grand Canyon National Park

 

After Lewis and Clark: Explorer Artists and the American West

Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Humanities, Sun Valley, Idaho

Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho

1995

100 Years: Context and Continuity

Newlyn Orion, Penzance, Cornwall

 

1989

A Century of Art in Cornwall

Truro Museum, Truro, Cornwall

 

1987

Knowing Your Place

Ecology Centre, London and touring

 

1985

Travels Without a Donkey in the Cévennes (with James Ravilious)

Curwen Gallery, London, and touring

 

1984

Edinburgh Festival (with Richard Demarco), Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Public Collections

Stanford University, California

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Falmouth Museum and Art Gallery

Autry Center for Western Art, Los Angeles, California

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Denver Art Museum

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Yosemite National Park, California

Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada

 

Awards and Publications

2008 Painting at the Edge of the World - The Watercolours of Tony Foster; Published by University of Washington Press

2001 Awarded the Cherry Kearton Memorial Medal and “for his artistic portrayal of the world’s wilderness” by the Royal Geographical Society, London.

Opened “Escuela y Clinica Tony Foster” in the rainforest in Honduras.

1994 Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

1988 Yosemite Renaissance Prize

 

Media

Articles and reviews have appeared in:

The Wall Street Journal - feature article by Tom Nolan; Dallas Morning News; Arizona Republic; Art Times; Southwest Art Magazine; International Artist Magazine (four monthly features); The Art Book (review by Professor John Haldane); Nature; Pratique des Arts; Art of England; L’Art de Aquarelle; Artist and Illustrators; The Times; BBC Radio 4 Mid Week; PBS Santa Fe; KTVK - TV; NBC News; Connie Martinson Talks Books (LA)(2008/2009); Sky Artsworld - 60 minute documentary “The Man Who Painted Everest” (2006); New Statesman; Sunday Telegraph; The Independent; Art Review (2002); American Watercolor (2001); Wall St. Journal (Robert Hughes); KUOW Seattle; Seattle Times (2000); The Majesty of the Grand Canyon (First Glance Books); The Times; The Artist (1998); Art and Antiques [USA]; Art News [USA]; The Spectator; The Independent (1993); Cahiers de Géopoétique (1991); TheGuardian (1990); Washington Post (1989); Condé Nast Traveller; Sierra; The Scotsman; Down East (1987); Appalachia; Boston Globe; New York Times (1985); Observer Magazine (1982); Arts Review (1998, 1993, 1985, 1982, 1980); Art Monthly; Crafts Magazine (1979), and many other publications. His work was the subject of a television documentary made by TSW – Television South West – in 1988 and of a documentary made by BBC Radio 4 in 1999.