Tony Foster

Tibet. From Karda 14,000 ft Looking South, 2021
Watercolor on paper
21.50 x 21 in
From Karda Looking South. This is from the Tibet trip in 2007 We were on our way to paint the East face of Everest ( I believe no one else has ever painted it ). Unfortunately the snow was too deep to get the yaks over the Cho-La Pass. I painted this whilst we were debating whether to wait or come back later. We decided to move on to the North Face, where I made 2 paintings before trying again. We got over the pass this time and I made a major painting of the East Face, and another of Makalu and Kangchungtse, before I got back to this site and finished this small painting. I believe I am the only person to have made major paintings on site of all 3 faces of Everest.

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Tony Foster

 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.


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