Approved: 29.11.2016

Liz Foster

Artist, Community worker, Teacher

Approved: 29.11.2016

My work is driven by the potential of the materials I use. I’m not a thematic painter, I move between abstract and figurative, gestural and minimal. Painting has endless possibilities, which ultimately makes it both an incredibly difficult occupation and completely absorbing.

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Thoughts

     

    Biography

    My work is driven by the potential of the materials I use. I’m not a thematic painter, I move between abstract and figurative, gestural and minimal. Painting has endless possibilities, which ultimately makes it both an incredibly difficult occupation and completely absorbing.

    I want each piece of work I make to be different and better than the last. I tend to work across several pieces at once, allowing ideas and colours to bounce from one surface to another. I also consider the grounds I work on, recently returning to using re-cycled and non-pristine surfaces such as fabrics and old frames.

    I often combine media, for example using stitch and collage. In doing so I am paying attention to both the visual qualities of the media and the historical context of the process. I am interested in how a piece is viewed and valued, referring at times to the false dichotomy of art versus craft.  

    Visually, I am led by colour. Often a piece of work will simply begin by me laying down a colour mark, then responding to it by adding a second and so on. I may then decide to incorporate imagery or explore accidental marks, deliberately messing up a surface to challenge the obvious direction the painting may be taking. I avoid the notion of perfection and if a painting becomes too comfortable I will disrupt it to allow it to develop into something new and more exciting.

    I see each piece of work I make as a step leading onto something else. They can be seen by the viewer as individual and autonomous pieces and, indeed, I intend for them to stand alone. However, as the artist I am very aware of how they fit together even though at times they may appear disparate. Fundamentally I am exploring the language of paint and as such I relish the opportunity to contrast skill with accident and knowledge with spontaneity.    

    CV & Education

    TRAINING

    B.A. (hons) Drawing and Painting. Glasgow School of Art, 1990-1994.

    M.A. Painting. The University of Hull (Scarborough Campus) 2002-2004.

    Certificate in Further and Adult Education: Portsmouth College, 1999.

     

    AWARDS

    Student Exchange Scholarship, to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Aug-Dec 1993.

     

    RESIDENCIES

    1998-2000: Artist in Residence. Taunton School, Somerset.

     

    WORK IN EDUCATION

    2000-2002: Course Leader, Art and Design.  Scarborough Sixth Form College. Responsibilities included the management and delivery of Art and Design subjects with specific subject responsibility for Photography and Fine Art: Budget management, course design, teaching and learning, staff development.  

    2002-2008: Lecturer in Art & Design. Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough. I taught across the Art & Design curriculum, with particular responsibility for Fine Art and Graphic Design: Planning and delivery of courses, marking and assessing student work, pastoral care.

     

    OPEN STUDIOS

    York Open Studios, April 2017 

    York Open Studios, April 2015

     

    SOLO EXHIBIITONS

    2007 FLOWER, Beningbrough Hall, York

    2007 MISCELLANY, Beningbrough Hall, York

    2006 TASTE, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

    1999 NEW PAINTINGS, Air Gallery, London

    1998 PAINTINGS, Taunton School, Somerset

     

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2017 The Art Café, Flowergate, Whitby

    2015/2016  Illuminating York 'Bunny Trail'

    2015 York Open Studios

    2009 Summer Show, The Art Cafe, Whitby

    2008 magical/mystical/nature, Friar Lane Gallery, Nottingham

    2008 London Art Fair, Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London

    2006 Multiplicity, Kirkleatham Museum and Art Gallery, Redcar

    2005 Gallery Artist, Blue Wing Gallery, Padstow, Cornwall

    2005 neo, Cockermouth, Cumbria

    2004 Painting is Dead, Long Live Painting, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Hastings

    2004 Women's Work, Artlink Exchange, Hull

    2003 Unframed, Cuploa Art Galley, Sheffield

    1997 York Open, York City Art Gallery, York

    1995 6x6, University of Northumbria, Newcastle

    1994 New Generation, The Compass Gallery, Glasgow

    1994 Paths of Exploration, The Assembly Rooms, Glasgow

    1993 RSA student exhibition, Edinburgh