Richard Foster PRP
My work comprises portraits, groups, and landscapes. I try to produce an aesthetically pleasing painting, which is beautiful in its own right, while at the same time making an accurate representation of the subject.
I like to work from life. Without the stimulus of the subject before you, work becomes second-hand and usually boring.
I try to give my work the extra dimension of poetry, music, and resonance with past and future times. Timelessness!
I use brushes to apply oil and watercolour on canvas, board and paper. My work is born out of hard work and persistence. I frequently work on several works at a time over several years.
I sketch and do quite a bit of preparation using charcoal and pencils before starting a painting. Photographs can be helpful setting up at the beginning, but subsequently everything is painted from life.
When approaching a commission, I try to do something which answers the needs of the client, whilst at the same time, is a long term artistic and aesthetic statement which I am proud of and that will continue to be appreciated in the future. The time it takes depends on the task.
1945 Born on 6 June in London.
1991-94 Elected Vice President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
2003-06 Elected Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
2017 - Elected President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
Art Workers Guild, Chelsea Art Society
Lord Mayor’s Award for Landscapes
2008 The Gallery, Cork Street.
2005 Indar Pasricha.
2003 Partridge Fine Art.
1999 So Far, Rafael Vals.
1978-97 Spink and Sons.