David Foster

David Foster

 David Foster won 1st prize in our Contemporary Open with ‘Lashes & nails’. In addition to his £200 prize money, he will host a solo exhibition in Warrington next year.

Where are you from?

St Helens, Merseyside. My wife and I have been living in Warrington for just over two years.

How did you hear about the festival?

Twitter. Many of my art opportunities have come via Twitter.

What does it mean to you to be a prize-winner?

Affirmation/validation of my experimental technique.

What can we expect from your solo exhibition next year?

I hope to further the technique using nails, so more of the same but with a few surprises. I am looking forward to the opportunity and the prospect of using nearly half a million nails in it. If all goes well, I am hoping to have enough work to show in 6-7 months.

Where do you create your work?

I work from home, mainly in the conservatory because of the light.

Do you have a working ‘method’?

This is an experimental technique, yet to be perfected, so hopefully it will evolve into a set method – but with variations depending on the subject.

How did ‘Lashes & nails’ come into being?

I always do a pen-and-ink stippled drawing first to see whether the subject matter works, and the drawing of this did seem to. You can only really tell, though, when you are over halfway through nailing.

Who is your favourite artist?

Edward Hopper. If I was to have a painting on my wall, it would be a Hopper.

What inspires you?

The sea/coastline and city architecture, two opposites really. I am going to try to do a seascape soon in nails for the exhibition.

Tell us something few people know about you.

I still like to play video games at 50!

Where else can we see your work?

I have one piece of work on show at the moment and that is my very first piece, ‘The Elephant on a Bed of Nails’. That is in the process of being brought back to store for my exhibition. I have had work in exhibitions in Liverpool, the most recent one in a Beatles exhibition. You can see photos of my other work on my website www.davidfosterart.com


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