The Photo by and Courtesy of The Foster Foundation, Tony Foster with Ang Phury Sherpa, painting Everest north face, Tibet, April/May, 2007. Photo by Kurt Ohms. Courtesy of Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation.
For nearly 35 years English artist Tony Foster has worked in the World’s wildernesses - mountains and canyons, rainforests and deserts, the Arctic, and the Tropics.
Traveling 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 7 feet by 4 feet!) will take more than two weeks on site before it is sufficiently resolved to roll into its aluminum 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.