Kathy Foster's Collections
Subjects include old shoes, books, chairs, fences and plastic bags and bottles. Their forms and the spaces they occupy may provoke comparison with the human body. I often revisit past themes in the light of new developments in my painting.
Roses: My latest theme looks at fading roses and the possibilities they present for paintings that reflect on the ageing process and our desire for youth and perfection.
Dwellings: A series based on living spaces and the plethora of objects that are brought together in our daily lives.
Bookspines: An ongoing series is inspired by the appearance of old book spines, reflecting their ‘history’ and presenting my own perception of their identities.
Chairs: Old chairs provide a continuing source of inspiration, offering a sense of history and personality.
Fences (and related images): Using the tradition of landscape painting, the beach fence series reflects on man-made interventions that resist only briefly the effects of time and the elements.
Bags: The series makes no comment on the bad press surrounding plastic bags as the enemy of the environment. I only seek to present them as objects with a certain beauty.
Shoes: My particular fetish as a painter! Worn shoes can echo the human form more readily than most other items of clothing.
Drawings: An essential part of the painting process is drawing, and painting could not begin without it.
I am happy to consider commissions for paintings based on well-loved familiar objects.