Grant Foster

Grant Foster

Untitled (Is it a consequence of my birthright?), 2019

Acrylic, charcoal, glue and pigment on paper, 76 x 57cm

Grant Foster

Untitled (Being Objectified), 2019

Acrylic and charcoal on paper , 76 x 57cm

Grant Foster

Untitled (Atlas), 2019

Acrylic and charcoal on collaged paper, 76 x 57cm

Grant Foster

Untitled (House), 2019

Acrylic, charcoal and ink on collaged paper, 76 x 57cm

Grant Foster

Beauty Boys, 2019

Acrylic and charcoal on collaged paper, 57x76cm

Grant Foster

Untitled (Pollution), 2019

Charcoal, glue and pigment on paper, 76 x 57cm

Grant Foster

Untitled (Power 2 Power), 2019

Acrylic and charcoal on collaged paper, 76 x 57cm

Grant Foster

Untitled (Spring), 2019

Acrylic and charcoal on paper, 76 x 57cm

Grant Foster

Untitled (The Leader), 2019

Acrylic and charcoal on collaged paper, 76 x 57cm

Grant Foster

Untitled (When the Gods are Denied, They Show up as Diseases), 2019

Acrylic and charcoal on collaged paper, 76 x 57cm

Grant Foster

I'm Not Being Funny, 2019

Installation view, Lychee One Gallery, London

Grant Foster

The Neighbours (A Story from Each Side of the Fence) (detail), 2019

Acrylic paint on wall, 335 x 60cm

Grant Foster

The Neighbours (A Story from Each Side of the Fence), 2019

Installation view, 1d for Abroad at Tintype, London

Grant Foster

Love Beyond Everyday Words, 2018

Acrylic, pastel and oil stick on collaged canvas, 199 x 177cm

Grant Foster

Going Home, 2018

Acrylic and oil on collaged canvas, 115 x 90cm

Grant Foster

The Yellow Wallpaper, 2018

Acrylic, charcoal, oil stick and pgiment on collaged canvas and polyester, 200 x 150cm

Grant Foster

Youth Serum, 2018

Glue, oil stick and pigment on collaged canvas and polyester, 195 x 177cm

Grant Foster

Measure by Measure, 2017

Bleach, charcoal, glue, oil stick and pigment on collaged canvas, 150 x 115cm

Grant Foster

There, There, 2017

Acrylic, pigment and oil stick on collaged canvas, 200 x 150cm

Grant Foster

Untitled (HSBC), 2017

Bleach, glue, pigment and oil stick on collaged canvas, 200 x 150cm

Grant Foster

Help Me, I'm Old, 2015 – 16

Canvas, paint, plaster, rubber glove, wood, 115 x 65 x 49cm

Grant Foster

The Sad Clown, 2018

Emulsion and bitumen paint on reclaimed wood and fabric, 276 x 44 x 38cm

Grant Foster

Beside the Boot, the Truncheon Rests, 2016

Charcoal, pigment. glue, oil on canvas, 180 x 135cm

Grant Foster

My Mum and Dad, 2016

Charcoal, glue, pigment and oil stick on canvas, 140 x 100cm

Grant Foster

Blockhead, 2016

Charcoal, glue, pigment and oil stick on canvas, 35 x 30cm

Grant Foster

Pruner, 2016

Charcoal, glue, pigment and oil stick on canvas, 180 x 135 cm

Grant Foster

Tomorrow's Hero Today, 2016

Charcoal, glue, pigment and oil stick on canvas, 180 x 135cm

Grant Foster

The Prisoner's Dilemma, 2016

Glue and pigment on canvas, 70 x 50cm

Grant Foster

Sage, 2017

Glue, pigment and oil stick on canvas, 36 x 28cm

Grant Foster

Ground, Figure, Sky – Installation view, 2017

Grant Foster

Ground, Figure, Sky, 2017

Installation view

Grant Foster

Ground, Figure, Sky, 2017

Installation view

Grant Foster

Vanity, 2016

Charcoal, glue, pigment and oil on canvas, 36 x 28cm

Grant Foster

Groupthink 6, 2016

glue, pigment and oil on canvas, 76 x 64cm : 2016

Everyone for Themselves and God Against All, 2016

Crayon, charcoal, pigment and glue on canvas, 100 x 70cm

Grant Foster

Night and Day, 2016

Acrylic, pigment, glue and oil on canvas, 170 x 130cm

Grant Foster

I Work for You, You Work for Me, 2016

Glue, paper, pigment on canvas, 19 x 185cm

Grant Foster

Porc, 2016

Collage, glue and pigment on canvas, 80 x 70cm

Grant Foster

Popular Insignia, 2016

Installation view, Galleria Acappella, Naples

Grant Foster

The Guerrilla (Warm Blood, Weak Arm), 2016

Glue and pigment on canvas, 60 x 45cm

Grant Foster

Salad Days, 2015

Installation view, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York

Grant Foster

Foxhole Atheist, 2015

Distemper on canvas , 60 x 45.5cm

Grant Foster

Victorian Glamour, 2015

Pigment and glue on canvas, 60 x 45.5cm

Grant Foster

Grinning Justice, 2015

Distemper on canvas, 170 x 130cm

Grant Foster

The Teacher, 2014

Oil on panel, 120cm x 90cm 

Grant Foster

Holy Island, 2014

Installation view, Chandelier Projects, London

Grant Foster

The Torch of Freedom, 2014

Glue and pigment on canvas, 200 x 183cm

Grant Foster

To the Yellow Bench, 2014

Oil on canvas,

Grant Foster

Today it Hurts, Tomorrow it Matters, 2014

Oil on panel, 120 x 90cm

Grant Foster

The Civilised World, 2014

Oil on canvas, 120cm x 90cm

Grant Foster

Rx for Viewing, 2014

Installation view (with Jessie Wine), Ana Cristea Gallery, New York

Grant Foster

The Agnostic (l), The Assumed (r), 2013

Installation view at New Contemporaries, Spike Island, Bristol

Grant Foster

The Learned, 2012

Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 43cm

Grant Foster

Butterflies Do Not Live Here, 2008 – 2009

Oil on canvas , 76 x 50cm

Working across painting, sculpture, collage and more recently text, Grant Foster uses irreverence as a tool to readdress the dogmatic traditions of the past and the present infallibility of reason. Foster’s paintings are best understood within the parameters of an historical and political framework; the old collides with the new, the popular skews the classical – “I find history liberating….I’m not necessarily talking about binary information like dates and historical facts, but a sense of who we are, where we’ve come from and what we face – history alerts us to this and it’s often uncompromising.”

Regularly employing a centralised emblematic motif, where a lone figure is engaged in an act of quiet solitude or lurking malevolence, moral ambivalence is a central motivation across Foster’s work. High-keyed colour suggests an acidic immediacy that can be both visceral and humorous, where laughter and pathos are keenly entwined.

Concerned by tabloid culture’s ability to stoke hysteria, Foster employs an almost cartoonish folk-like aesthetic as a way to challenge the ascendency of classical European figuration. Attempting to re-arrange our common assumptions regarding beauty and the grotesque, Foster’s voice is both tender and hysterical, sardonic and earnest, with black humour running throughout.

Education

2010-2012 MA Painting
Royal College of Art

2001-2004 BA Fine Art Painting
University of Brighton

Solo Exhibitions

2019
I’m Not Being Funny, Lychee One, London
2018
Grant Foster, Trade Gallery, Nottingham
2017
Ground, Figure, Sky, Tintype, London
2016
Popular Insignia, Galleria Acappella, Naples
2015
Salad Days, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York
2014
Holy Island, Chandelier Projects, London
2013
The Walnut Tree, Chinashop, Oxford
2009
Mute and Impotent Before the Boot, Post Box Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019
1d for Abroad, Tintype, London
Blemish and Beyond, New Art Projects, London
2018
Frivolous Convulsions, Turf Projects, London
A Stone in the Mountain, w/Georgia Hayes, Transition Gallery, London
2017
You see me like a UFO, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London
2016
Mostra, British School at Rome, Rome
The Classical, Transition Gallery, London
SPORE, Kennington Residency, London
Miami Vice, Transition Gallery, London
2015
Carnival Glass / Block 336 / London
CURE, Transition Gallery, London
The Alembic of Creative Thought, Westminster Waste, London
Figuratively Speaking, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Heike Moras Gallery, London
2014
The Theadneedle Prize, Curated by Sacha Craddock, Mall Galleries, London
East London Painting Prize, Strand House, London
Rx for Viewing (with Jesse Wine), Ana Cristea Gallery, New York
2013
Art Britannia, Miami
Painting Show, Winter Projects, London
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Spike Island, Bristol and ICA, London
Implausible Imposters, Ceri Hand Gallery, London
Creekside open selected by Paul Noble and Ceri Hand
2012
The Harboured Guest, 4 Windmill Street, London
Show RCA, Royal College of Art, London
Backwards Man, CGP London
2011
Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool
The Future Can Wait presents Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, CA
Hello Paradise, Kinsgate Gallery, London
2010
Between a Hole and a Home, James Taylor Gallery, London
2009
Kunskog, 500 dollars, London
Royal Academy Summer Show, London
Pretty Deep, The Royal Standard, Liverpool
2008
For My Part, James Taylor Gallery, London
2008-09
John Moores 25, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Awards / Residencies

Randall Chair, Alfred University, NYC, Jan – March 2019
Fellowship of Contemporary Art, British School at Rome, Oct – Dec 2016
Leverhulme Bursary, 2010
John Moores 25 Prizewinner, 2008

Publications

Ground, Figure, Sky. Image and text publication. Edition of 100 available through Tintype Gallery, London, 2017. Designed by Studio Eger
The Drawer, Issue 10 “Heroes”, 2016
Neru Phuyt, Issue 1, 2014
Holy Island, text written by Lorena Munoz Alonso
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013
Mute and Impotent Before the Boot, catalogue publication written by Sacha Craddock
John Moores 25, catalogue publication
Celeste Art Prize 2007, catalogue publication