The strong driving force behind my creative practice is to explore and invent. I transcribe over this fascination with visual language and the understanding of material and process. The results of my investigation are both diverse in form and function as well as appearance. In spite of this multiplicity people say that there is a commonality in my work, perhaps this is tied to my interest in expressing energy, implied movement, interacting forms and line, which are generally impressions of the environment around me. The diversity of my exploration has given me a growing bank of knowledge, creating a "feed back loop" between aesthetics, process and ideas.
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Robert Foster initially trained as a silversmith at the Australian National University School of Art, and enjoys a reputation as a skilled hollow ware maker and designer. He was recently awarded the inaugural ANU Alumnus of the Year for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2015.
He established F!NK & Co. in 1993 after the success of his iconic F!NK Water Jug. F!NK production is based on colourful, durable, anodised aluminium, and has reintroduced the material into high-end homewares, lighting and accessories. Foster also works in sculptural lighting, furniture and commissions, and brings to his work the combination of the natural inquisition of an engineer with the creativity of an artist. Primarily working with aluminium, titanium and stainless steel, he combines such untraditional alloys with other materials as diverse as plastics, stone, ceramics and glass.
Foster regularly exhibits his one off work both in Australia and abroad and his works, and those of F!NK & Co., are held in major public collections such as the NGA, the Powerhouse Museum, and the V&A Museum, London, UK, the MoMA New York and Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg.
In a career spanning 29 years, Foster has been regularly commissioned to design sculptural installations, corporate gifts and exclusive products. His lighting installation The Journey (2010) received the 2011 ACT Architecture Award for Lighting and the Australian New Zealand Lighting Design IES Award of Excellence.
Robert regularly collaborates with other Artists and Designers, having worked together with over 10 practitioners on F!NK products. More recently Robert has collaborated with artist Marie Hagerty, producing two bodies of works. Robert has also collaborated with Oron Catts of Symbiotica (UniWA) and they are continuing to working collaboratively towards an exhibition that opens in October 2015 at the University of Western Australia as part of a conference based around Bio-Arts.
|2015:||Marie Haggerty & Robert Foster, Karen Woodbury Gallery - Melbourne|
|2014:||Collaborative work with Marie Hagerty, Olsen Irwin Gallery - Sydney|
|2014:||Sharing Light, Canberra Design Festival - Canberra|
|2014:||Glass X Design, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra|
|2014:||Embracing Innovation 4, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2014:||SFA Artists, Kaori Gallery - Canberra|
|2013:||Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award 2013, Bendigo Art Gallery and Arts Centre Melbourne,|
|2013:||Bodywork: Australian Jewellery 1972-2012, NGA touring exhibition,|
|2013:||Inhabit: living design, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2013:||Breathe In, COTA - Sydney|
|2012:||Signature, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2012:||TEFAF, Adrian Sassoon Gallery - London,|
|2012:||Survey of contemporary jewellery design, glass and metal smithing in Australia, Incinerator Gallery - Melbourne, Sydney,|
|2012:||Designed 2, ANU School of Art - Canberra|
|2011:||Strange Planet (solo) , Gallery of Australian Design - Canberra|
|2011:||COLLECT, Scottish Gallery, Saatchi Gallery - London,|
|2011:||Elements: metal, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2010:||Tea Wares, JamFactory - Adelaide|
|2010:||Fostering Design,17 year retrospective exhibition of FINK & Co, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery touring,|
|2009:||Robert Foster 15 years and more, Metalab - Sydney|
|2014:||ACT Rowing (TT Architects)|
|2013:||Nishi Building (Molonglo Group)|
|2013:||Radford College (BHP Billiton)|
|2012:||Art Gallery of WA Shop|
|2012:||Nishi Building (Molonglo Group), Lift Interiors|
|2011:||Sofitel, Macau Hong Kong|
|2009:||British High Commission Canberra|
|2008:||Courtesy of the Artist Shop/ Gallery|
|2007:||The Capital Hotel (DOMA), The DOMA group|
|2006:||Melbourne Convention Centre, Mirvac, Sampford & Staff|
|2005:||Winner ACT Small to Medium Manufacturer Exporter|
|2000:||Chief Minister's Creative Arts Fellowship, Canberra|
|2011:||Pro. D. Williams AM, Elements: metal, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2010:||Gates, M., F!NK at Dodeka, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2008:||B. McConchie, F!NK Fostering Design, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2002:||Request, Response, Reaction: The designers of Australia and New Zealand, Image Publishing|
|2000:||Maurer, I., King,L., International Design Year Book,|