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 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.
|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|
|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|
|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,|