Painter Rachael Foster likes wandering Totnes in search of coffee and is passionately committed to daydreaming. She is entirely too enthusiastic about Mid-Century fashion and cars, Art Nouveau architecture, Folk and Blues, attempting to cook, and pretending to be a food critic. When she is not doing those things, she blends paint around to create smooth Pop-style paintings.
Her formal art education began in Auckland's Rangitoto College, where she eventually began studying photography and painting. And, though a miserable and easily distracted student herself, she managed just 2 years of a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from, Elam, the University of Auckland in New Zealand, where she studied under Fiona Pardington and Judy Miller. Since then, she’s been dedicated to becoming a snowboard bum, globe trotting and connecting with new communities and experiences.
She’s inspired by a variety of sources, but most particularly artists like Michael Smithers, Thomas Hart Benton, and Mel Ramos. And, she’s been fortunate enough to work with some outstanding artists like John Shrewry, Minhal Al Halabi, Jimi Stewart, and Martin Horspool. She's had solo shows in New Zealand, Australia, America and England and consequently, her pieces have found their way into some corporate and private collections worldwide. Rachael's works stand simply on their own, and find similar connections in the viewer where words fail.
Her work currently focuses on the economic crafting of mid-twentieth century travel marketing art. It strives to honour the astonishing and painstaking precision of this form. We shall see when the collection gets finished.
Rachael put's emphasis on high quality materials and workmanship, ensuring that prints are on Hahnemule and of limited edition. She also accepts commissions and delivers internationally.