Bruce Foster

My colour work in the 1980s were meditations on the dialogue between the natural and man-made environments. The coastline figured prominently in my work but subjects also included other water/land interfaces such as rivers, lakes and canals. This work continues to the present day.

In the 1990s I explored the cultural rituals of recreation and collaborated with writer Lloyd Jones for the publication ‘Last Saturday’ (VUP) and the exhibition of the same title at the National Library Gallery, Wellington.

In 2011 I was one of nine artists on the ‘Kermadec Project: Lines Across the Ocean’, an initiative to articulate the issues facing one of the few pristine ocean sites left on the planet. This work has been exhibited in the Pacific; Tonga, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Noumea, in Santiago, Chile, and extensively around New Zealand. My primary contributions were the series, ‘Invasive species’ and ‘Mapping the Pacific’.

I began ‘Intertidal’ in 2014. It explores environmental changes over on a small stretch of North Auckland coastline, the Mangawhai Spit. This vast archeological site is a stark picture of dramatic and irreversible environmental change. ‘Intertidal’ was shown at CEAC and The Vivian galleries.

In 2017 at Bowen Galleries, I showed ‘Housekeeping’, a collection of ‘Intertidal’ works together with a new series, ‘Carbon Ghosts’, traces of human occupation over 800 years.

I’m currently working on project about fresh water. 

Foster is a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts where he studied under John B. Turner and Tom Hutchins. He has exhibited widely and has work represented in many public collections. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

1948  Born Whanganui
1970 Bachelor of Engineering, University of Auckland
1979 Master of Philosophy, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

Public Collections

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Waikato Art Museum Te Whare Taonga O Waikato
Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua,
City Gallery Wellington
The Dowse Art Museum
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Manatu Aorere