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Robert Foster

Robert Foster
Artist's statement

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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Recent work
Spiral Vase
  • Spiral Vase, 2007
  • Pressed and hammered and polished anodised aluminum
  • Dimensions: 300 x 250 x 100mm
  • Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski
Fluted Vase
  • Fluted Vase, 2006
  • Fine silver, pressed and hand hammered and polished with anodized aluminium inner vessel
  • Dimensions: 270 x 110mm
  • Photo: Robert Foster
Strong Man Teapot
  • Strong Man Teapot, 2004
  • Anodized aluminium, plastic perspex and delrin
  • Dimensions: 240 x 240 x 60mm
  • Photo: Robert Foster
Emerald Streak
  • Emerald Streak, 2005
  • Raised polished stainless steel with anodized aluminium spout and handle
  • Dimensions: 210 x 200 x 270mm
  • Photo: Robert Foster

Twist (hanging light)
  • Twist (hanging light), 2005
  • Water-formed anodized aluminium, Perspex and low voltage lighting
  • Dimensions: 650 x 550 x 250mm
  • Photo: Bewley Shaylor
Moon beneath the sea (wall light)
  • Moon beneath the sea (wall light), 2005
  • Hand beaten perforated anodised aluminium, fabricated anodized aluminium frame, Perspex and fluorescent tubes
  • Dimensions: 1400 x 400 x 120mm
  • Photo: Bewley Shaylor

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Robert Foster trained in traditional silversmithing at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra, and has successfully worked as a designer and maker of unique functional objects for the past twenty two years. Foster's craftsmanship is deeply rooted in a highly developed sense of aesthetics and technical proficiency.

Foster works predominantly in hollowware, sculptural lighting and furniture, and his work is held by all of the major institutions in Australia including collections at the Australian National Gallery and the Australian Parliament House. He has had significant exposure overseas and has pieces in notable collections such as the Victorian Albert Museum in London and the Museum fur Kunst and Gewerbe in Germany, as well as in several international private collections. Foster brings to his work the combination of the natural inquisition of an engineer with the creativity of a designer. His diverse understanding of process and his constant need to challenge visual language have made him one of the most contemporary notable designer makers.

Foster established his production company F!NK+ Co. in 1994 and is the designer of the iconic F!NK Water Jug. The company now has over 18 innovative and distinctive objects within its product range. F!NK+Co. sells its range to selected galleries, design shops and museums world-wide. The company is also regularly commissioned by major restaurants, hotels and corporations world-wide to design and produce a unique range of objects, corporate gifts, awards and trophies.

Selected exhibitions
2011:   Elements: metal, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   Australian Design and Hand Made, Powerhouse Museum - Sydney
2007:   Contemporary Australian Jewellery and Hollowware, RMIT - Melbourne
2007:   Collect, Scottish Gallery, Victorian and Albert Museum - London, UK
2006:   Freestyle, New Australian Design, Melbourne Museum - Melbourne
2006:   Collect, Scottish Gallery, Victorian and Albert Museum - London, UK
2006:   2 Materials, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2005:   Vast Terrain, FORM Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design - Perth
2005:   Inspired! Design through time, Powerhouse Museum - Sydney
2005:   Transformation: The Language of Craft, National Gallery of Australia - Canberra
2004:   Forty, 40 outstanding practitioners from NSW celebrating 40 anniversary, Object - Sydney
2004:   Curve, 2004 Accredited Professional Members, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2004:   40 degrees Contemporary Australian Design, Stilwerk - Berlin, Germany
2004:   A New Mark, 2003 Mentorship Program with Sean Booth, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2003:   Permanent Visions, Canberra Museum and Gallery - Canberra
2003:   Retail Therapy, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2003:   Senses 2003, Source 22 - Brisbane
2003:   Hybrid Object, Melbourne Museum - Melbourne
2003:   Ritual of Tea, Object Galleries - Sydney
2002:   A Motion in Time, Jam Factory - Adelaide
2002:   Hybrid Objects, 2002 Tokyo Design Bloc, Australian Embassy - Tokyo, Japan
2002:   Designing Futures, FORM Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design - Perth
2002:   Defining the Object, Quadrivium - Sydney
2002:   Ritual of Tea, Jam Factory - Adelaide
2002:   Ordinary/Extraordinary, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2002:   Trade Mark, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2007:   The Capital Hotel, reception area hanging sculpture, The DOMA group
2006:   Melbourne Convention Centre, Mirvac, Sampford & Staff
2005:   Winner ACT Small to Medium Manufacturer Exporter
2005:   Hilton Sydney commissions, Hilton Maldives
2005:   Kingston Foreshores Public Light, The DOMA Group
2004:   Intercontinental Hotel, Honk Kong - commissions, Park Hyatt, The Rock Sydney
2003:   Australian Arts Business Foundation - commission
2001:   The National Museum of Australia
2000:   Chief Minister's Creative Arts Fellowship, Canberra
Selected publications
2011:   Pro. D. Williams AM, Elements: metal, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2010:   M. Gates, 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:   I. Maurer, L. King, International Design Year Book,


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