1943 - ?

Michael Milburn Foster

Michael Milburn-Foster was born in the Bangor district, Caernarvonshire, North Wales in 1943, son of Cecil Milburn Foster (28 November 1912-28 June 2001) and his wife Audrey née Smith, who married at Norwich in 1942. Michael's father, who was an excellent draughtsman and a fine watercolour artist, taught Michael drawing and painting as a youngster. Later Michael studied at Kingston School of Art in London, being fascinated by the moving image, especially the human figure in motion and soon after leaving school became interested in film making and worked as a film director for almost thirty years, but throughout his time in films also continued to work as an artist. An associate member of the Ipswich Art Club 1956-1971 and, as a 20-year-old, exhibited from 13 Pinecroft Road, Ipswich in 1964 an oil painting, 'So we all sat under the Table', but does not seem to have exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club again. Michael is now committed entirely to painting in oil, creating the illusion of movement in a static image. He commenced his painting by using the sequence photographs by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) as source material, but now uses still frames from videos that he has taken of models and professional dancers performing in his studio. He then does a great many drawings, overlaying two or more often three positions before selecting lines and shapes that best describe the movement, working through a reduction process until arriving at his final composition. Michael has exhibited at the International Art Fair in Monaco and in 2013 was selected as one of the three best painters and has an international following. He now lives in the South of France and was one of five artists that represented France in an official exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai.

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