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New year greetings from Tony Foster

January 2019

As I enter my 73rd year, it occurs to me that if I had any common sense, I should be taking it easy. Ann keeps telling me to, but the trouble is I still find inspiration and huge satisfaction in making my paintings, so I don’t think I will be hanging up my walking boots anytime soon!

With four different exhibitions of my work opening in America this year the prospects are very exciting. I want to tell everyone on my mailing list about them, in the hope that you will get the chance to see the work.

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New project

February 2018

Tony is currently working on his new project. He will be announcing it soon. Watch this space !


Exploring Beauty - Watercolour Diaries from the Wild

February 2017

Exploring Beauty – Watercolour Diaries from the Wild will be previewing at The Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation, 940 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA, on 4/5th March 2017. All welcome. Open by appointment from March 6th 2017. 

For more information please visit


Exploring Beauty Watercolour Diaries from the Wild

August 2016

Exploring Beauty – Watercolour Diaries from the Wild is now showing at Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro until 12th November.

The exhibition will then open at The Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation, Palo Alto, California in early March 2017.


Exploring Beauty - Watercolour Diaries from the Wild

May 2016

My new Exhibition “Exploring Beauty – Watercolour Diaries from the Wild” opened at the Royal Watercolour Societies, London gallery on June 9th.


The Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation

January 2016

The most exciting development in my career was launched at the end of February 2016 - The Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation opened its doors.

Conceived by a long-term friend, collector and patron, the Foundation mission is: “to share artist explorer Tony Foster’s powerful exhibitions of watercolour journeys to inspire reflection, discussion, and education about art, wilderness and the natural world”.

The Foundation’s beautifully designed space at 940 Commercial St, Palo Alto, California opened with my complete exhibition "Sacred Places from the American Southwest", alongside groups of works from many of my earlier series and contextualising materials. 

Exhibitions can be viewed by appointment Monday through Friday. Please contact the Foundation for details at

For more information please see the Foundation's website at .


New Major Project 2016

January 2016

Exploring Beauty - Watercolour Diaries From The Wild

by Tony Foster

Beauty: (n) The quality that gives pleasure to the sight or aesthetic pleasure generally; a particular grace or excellence; a fine specimen of its kind.

My new exhibition is entitled “Exploring Beauty - Watercolour Diaries From The Wild”. It opened with a solo show at the Royal Watercolour Society, London on June 8th 2016 before travelling to Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, UK and is now showing at the Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation, Palo Alto.

In it I hope to promote the idea that making art which is philosophically positive and beautiful about some of the world’s most extraordinary places is an acceptable practice for a Contemporary Artist. I want to provoke a discussion about the nature of beauty and our varied perception of it, and why making beautiful objects is not longer a part of the artist’s required skill-set.


Showing with Leonardo

January 2015

I'm delighted and honoured that my major painting ' From Point Sublime Looking South South East - 6 Days Searching / 13 Days on Site '  is included in Phoenix Art Museum's marvellous exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation'.

Their exhibition presents the original 72 manuscript pages of Leonardo's codex and puts them in the context of other artists who have been influenced by his curiosity, direct observation and thinking on paper.

Included in the exhibition are works by artists who share aspects of Leonardo's practices - Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton, Kiki Smith, Bill Viola and Tony Foster.


Exhibition and lecture in New York

February 2014

Two of Tony Foster's Everest paintings will be included in the exhibition "Time Frames Marking Time" at the West Beth Gallery, New York City, May 24th to June 15th 2014. He will deliver his lecture "Paining Everest" Weds 11th June in the evening.


Sacred Places Exhibition

May 2013

Sacred Places, Watercolour Diaries from the American Southwest opens at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) in Flagstaff and to the public on Sunday, June 16 through Sunday, October 13, 2013. Early viewing with the artist and exhibit curator will take place at MNA’s 7th Annual Gala on Saturday, June 15 and the Brunch and Curator’s Reception on Sunday, 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.

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Hot and Wet / Hot and Dry

April 2013

An Illustrated talk by Tony Foster on Thursday 16th April 2013 at 7.00pm at The Town Hall, Truro.

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Hot and Wet / Hot and Dry

March 2013

An Illustrated talk by Tony Foster on Saturday, 9th March at 7.30pm at Tywardreath School.

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Lectures in Cornwall

December 2012

“Hot and Wet – Hot and Dry – Painting Rainforests and Deserts” lecture at Fowey Royal Yacht Club on Wednesday 5th December 2012 and for the Royal Geographical Society in Truro Town Hall on Thursday 16th April 2013.

More details about the lectures



Phoenix Art Museum Exhibition

November 2012

Seven Days by Havasu Creek – Navajo and Fifty Foot Falls · Looking West SouthwestTony has completed two new paintings for the prestigious fundraising exhibition “West Select”. Neither painting has been shown before.

A major painting - “Seven Days by Havasu Creek – Navajo and Fifty Foot Falls · Looking West Southwest” records Tony’s time spent in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

The smaller painting – “Looking North from Between Yaki Point and Shoshone Point” was begun on site in 2008, but not finished until 2012.

Read more about the West Select exhibition



French TV programme

November 2012

TV programme about Tony FosterEliocom, a French production company, invited Tony to paint in the Alps for a new 60 minute documentary “Artists d’en Haut”.

Tony chose a location with a dramatic view of Mont Blanc and spent a week working on site, the film crew following his every move.

Read more about the French TV programme featuring Tony Foster




New project: Beauty - the Last Taboo

October 2012

Tony has started planning his major new project “Beauty – the Last Taboo”. Read more in Tony's prospectus for this project: Beauty – The Last Taboo: Watercolour Diaries from Wild Places

'In 1983 I was in New York attempting to find a gallery to represent me. Ronald Feldman, a potent force in Contemporary Art, took some of my paintings home to consider for the weekend. At our subsequent meeting he told me “I’ve really enjoyed having these around, but I’ve decided that I can’t represent you – the work is just too beautiful"

In Contemporary Art, where Artists are free to tackle any subject – violence, decay, conflict, pollution and death – I realised that beauty had become the last taboo.'...

Read Tony's full prospectus for this project


Exhibition purchased in its entirety

June 2012

Sacred Places installationThe complete Sacred Places: Watercolour Diaries from the American South West exhibition of 32 paintings was acquired by a private collector motivated by a desire to maintain it intact for donation to a Foundation or Museum (yet to be named).

Gerald Peters Gallery is currently working to establish a small tour for the whole show before it finds its permanent home.

See pictures of the installation at Gerald Peters Gallery




'Sacred Places' Exhibition opening

April 2012

Sacred Places exhibition by Tony FosterTony Foster's new exhibition 'Sacred Places  - Watercolour Diaries from the American Southwest', the result of 30 months work, opens at Gerald Peters Gallery, 1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico, NM87501 on Friday May 18th and will run until July 14th 2012.

Read more about the exhibition, gallery opening and walk-round


Article by Ann Japenga 2011

February 2011

Former Los Angeles Times reporter Ann Japenga has posted an appreciative article about Tony's early work entitled Tony Foster: Icebergs and Ocotillo

Read the full article here


Lecture Series at Stanford University

February 2011

In September 2010 Tony was invited by Stanford University, California, to give a series of lectures to celebrate the dedication of a collection of his works being installed in Stanford's new Y2E2 faculty lounge.

Read full details about the lectures here


Start of Sacred Places expedition

January 2010

'All societies need to express their reverence for extraordinary places.

Tribal societies express it through their religious practices and ceremonies. Our own, more secular society, expresses it by designating National and State Parks, National Forests and Monuments, thus rendering them sacrosanct. It could be argued that the Environmental Movement is the secular means by which we express our need to honour the Earth.

The American South West encompasses many places of extraordinary resonance and beauty...'

Read Tony's full statement about the expedition


Painting at the Edge of the World - the Watercolours of Tony Foster

January 2010

Tony Foster's book, Painting at the Edge of the World, has attracted considerable publicity, having been widely featured in magazines and newspapers world-wide.

Read reviews about the book


Book Launch in London 2008

July 2008

Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside GalleryThe launch of Tony Foster's book, Painting at the Edge of the World, The Watercolours of Tony Foster, was opened at The Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), Bankside Gallery, London, UK on 2 July 2008 by Professor Duncan Robinson, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Read about the book launch in London


Book Launch in Truro

March 2008

Cover of Tony Foster's book, Painting at the Edge of the WorldThe launch of Tony Foster's new book, Painting at the Edge of the World, The Watercolours of Tony Foster, was opened at The Royal Cornwall Museum (RCM), Truro, Cornwall, UK on 18 March 2008 by Tim Smit, Chief Executive of the Eden Project.

Read more about the book launch in Cornwall






Watermarks exhibition launch

March 2003

Launch of Watermarks exhibitionThe exhibition of Watermarks commenced with a private viewing at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, on the evening of Friday 28 March 2003.

The exhibition was opened by Duncan Robinson, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Read more about the launch of Watermarks exhibition