Grant Foster, The Civilised World-home
elephant mask

Grant Foster
Civilised World, 2014
Oil on canvas
120 x 90 cm
Grant Foster
Elephant Mask, 2014
Oil on canvas
54 x 40 cm

Grant Foster (b.1982, Worthing) is a London-based British artist whose work spans painting and sculpture and explores the themes of faith, redemption and revenge through the depiction of the child, a central motif in Foster’s work. Positioning himself with a touch of humour between the uncompromising traditions of the past and the present day culture of profanity and questionable morality, Foster reconfigures tabloid newspaper photographs, children’s illustration and advertising imagery into the codes of British Romantic portrait painting, depositing the often-depicted child into the tabloid culture of today. Foster completed a BA in Painting at the University of Brighton in 2004 before completing an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2010. Foster’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Chandelier Projects, London (2014), Chinashop, Oxford (2013) and Post Box Gallery, London (2009). Recent group exhibitions include: The Threadneedle Prize 2014: Figurative Art Today (Curated Space by Sacha Craddock), Mall Galleries, London (2014); Rx for Viewing (with Jesse Wine), Ana Cristea Gallery, New York (2014); East London Painting Prize, Strand House, London (2014); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Spike Island, Bristol and ICA, London (2013); Backwards Man, CGP London (2012); Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool (2011); Between a Hole and a Home, James Taylor Gallery, London (2010); Dead Bodies and Cardboard, Elevator Gallery, London (2008) and Pathos to Ethos, Eleven, London (2006).