SPECTRUM
Solo Show

Sanderson Contemporary Art, Newmarket, New Zealand
25 October - 6 November 2016

In his latest work Ben Foster engages abstract geometric form to capture various creatures, with immaculately constructed sculptures in coated aluminium that are playful and instantly familiar. Spectrum shows works of increasing subtlety, as Foster draws contrast between light and shade, human and animal, predator and prey.

View exhibtion at www.sanderson.co.nz

Spectrum solo show opening. Image courtesy of Sait Akkirman www.artsdiary.co.nz

Spectrum solo show opening. Image courtesy of Sait Akkirman www.artsdiary.co.nz

Ben Foster at New Zealand's Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland

Studio process image for Spectrum 2016

 

What We Make Of It - Hawkes Bay Sculpture
Group Show

MTG Hawkes Bay Museum, Napier
15 October 2016
- 12 March 2017

Featuring the work of 14 artists with a connection to the Hawke’s Bay region, in an eclectic show that celebrates the way each artist makes something unique of their inspirations, materials and influences.

Birch/Bruce/Bryant/Courtillé/Dawson/Foster/Jameson/Matchitt/ Pearce/Poppelwell/Purvis/Scott/Scott/Terstappen

 

Style Magazine
www.style.kiwi

 

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Brick Bay Wines

Warkworth, New Zealand

The latest work from Ben Foster's Good Boy series installed at Brick Bay Winery.

Visit Brick Bay Wines: www.brickbay.co.nz

View sculpture details: www.benfoster.co.nz

Good Boy at Brick bay Sculpture 2016

Good Boy, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (Installed January 2016)

 

New work for Dubai

Latest commissioned work by Ben Foster for Dubai titled 'Kārearea'

View sculpture details: www.benfoster.co.nz

Karearea by Ben Foster 2015

Kārearea by Ben Foster

 

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Brick Bay Wines

Warkworth, New Zealand

The latest work from Ben Foster's the White Horse series installed at the beautiful Brick Bay Winery.

Visit Brick Bay Wines: www.brickbay.co.nz

the White Horse, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (Installed September 2015)

 

FUSION
Group Show - P Art

Ibiza, Spain
Opens 11 July 2015

Ben Foster - featuring at P Art gallery, Ibiza, Spain 2015

 

Hong Kong
December 2014

'Kekeno' installed in a new waterfront developement in Hong Kong.

 

The Art of Display
Homestyle Magazine

November/October
2014

image: Photography Melanie Jenkins and Styling Amber Armitage for Homestye Magazine.

 

Lasting Presence
New Zealand House & Garden Magazine

November issue N0.243

www.nzhouseandgarden.co.nz

 

Lord of Things
Artology Magazine

Issue No.3

Fosters sculptures accomplish a subtle balance between static form and floating motion, ingeniously culminating the natural and the handmade. Works like “Golden Boy” – a sculptural hommage to the Fosters family dog – mirror the dramatic forms of the mountains with their rugged and fractioned icefields contrasting shadowy rocks and boulders. Similarly, his kinetic abstract sculptures echo the restless coastal waters and winds which swiftly reshape New Zealand’s stony shores. No wonder that Foster’s sculptural work, which in many regards ligns him with Tuffery and Parekowhai, is backgrounded best by the actual landscapes that inspired them. And yet, despite his profound association with nature`s contouring mastery, the so broadly skilled sculptor never tries to conceal the mechanic and industrial origin of his statuary art. On the opposite, much of Fosters creative expression is derived from fusing the organic and the manmade with commanding consistency, no matter if carried out in polished or enamel-coated aluminium or stainless steel. There are still many adventurous and magical stories to be told about New Zealands majestic natural beauty and the power of creative vision ...just listen to Ben Foster [Read more at www.Artology.com]

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NEXUS
Solo Show - Sanderson Contemporary Art

Newmarket, Auckland
15 July - 3 August
2014

Kaikoura-based sculptor Ben Foster draws upon the physical landscape of home with his static, stylised figurative works mirroring the dramatic forms of the mountains which are his backdrop. Similarly, his kinetic abstract sculptures echo the restless coastal waters and winds which swiftly reshape the stony shores. His artistic practice serves as a vehicle through which he explores human interaction with the land and the animals with which we share our lives and spaces.

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Images courtesy of artsdiary.co.nz

Ben Foster at work on 'Shadow' 2014

Melbourne Art Fair
Royal ExhibitionBuilding

Melbourne, Australia
August 13 - 17,
2014

Ben Foster's new work, the White Horse has been selected for this years Melbourne Art Fair. Visit the Melbourne Art Fair website: www.melbourneartfair.com.au for information about this years exhibition.

the WHite Horse by Ben Foster - Melbourne Art Fair 2014

melbourne Art Fair 2014

 

Sculpture in the Lanes
Sanderson Contemporary Art

Newmarket, Auckland
February
2014

See Newmarket's boutique precinct, Osborne Lane, come to life with a celebration of stunning major sculptural works. Sculpture in the Lanes is a rare opportunity to see stunning and dramatically-scaled works and interact with them in their intended outdoor environment. Sculpture in the Lanes will feature a life-size aluminium horse from Ben Foster, carbon fibre kinetic works from Ray Haydon, and many more!

the White Horse by Ben Foster - Sculpture in the Lanes, Auckland 2014

image: the White Horse by Ben Foster - image courtesy of Sait Akkirman www.artsdiary.co.nz

 

Stark White Animal Sculptures
My Modern Met

February 2014

Kaikoura, New Zealand-based sculptor Ben Foster creates modern, inorganic renderings of animals that boast a geometric design. Each sculpture in his portfolio, whether it be a seal balancing an invisible ball, a horse standing in place, or a dog howling at the moon, blurs the lines between the real and abstract. They also each incite spectators to shift their positions to get the full visual spectrum of their complex shape.

Read more at My Modern Met.com>

 

Angular Animals Show off Clean Palettes and Breathtaking New Zealand Views
Core77

February 2014

There are two things that Ben Foster most certainly knows how to do well—create gorgeous industrial versions of animal silhouettes and compose a damn good photo. It's not just luck or coincidence, either. There's a reason his work looks so fantastic nestled among the lush New Zealand scenery.

Read more at Core77.com>

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Ultra-minimalist Animal Sculptures Invade NZ
The Verge

February 2014

Stark white pieces of art never looked so inviting: New Zealand-based sculptor Ben Foster creates aluminum forms of animals using modern, geometric shapes. The sculptures are the same size as the real animals they portray, and Foster photographs them in picturesque spots in the New Zealand countryside.

Read more at The Verge: www.thevergre.com

Ben Foster  - the verge.com

 

Sculpture in the Gardens
Auckland Botanic Gardens

Manurewa, Auckland
9 November- 16 February 2014

Sculpture in the Gardens opened to the public on Saturday 9 November 2013 and runs through to Sunday 16 February 2014. Twenty three large scale artworks are on display, creating a 2km trail through the Gardens that will provide a stunning summer of sculpture in a beautiful garden setting.
Twenty six artists have worked tirelessly to create an exhibition of outdoor art that will appeal to everyone.
Friday 8 Nov saw invited guests celebrate the efforts of artists, staff and volunteers in putting the exhibition together and they also announced the Supreme award winner and Friends acquisition to remain in the permanent garden collection.

Auckland Botanic Gardens website: www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz

image: The White Horse installed at the Auckland Botanic Gardens (image courtesy of Elena Keith)

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Image: Ben Foster working on the White Horse for the Auckland Botanic Gardens 2013/14 exhibtion in his Kaikoura studio

 

Kaikoura Studio

My new studio is currently under construction and will be moving in over the next few weeks.

New studio 2013

 

Continuum
Solo Show: Sanderson Contemporary Art

Parnell, Auckland
12 Feb - 3 March 2013

Ben Foster Solo exhibition at Sanderson Contemporary Art 2013

Image: the White Horse (2013)

Ben Foster - Continuum solo show

Image: Golden Boy , Kaikoura coast 2012

 

Momentum Sculpture Installed
Yallingup, Margaret River

Western Australia
2012

Momentum installed in Perth, Australia 2012

Image: Momentum installed in Yallingup in the Margaret River wine region of SW Western Australia

 

Sculpture by the Sea
Cottesloe Beach

Perth, Australia
2 - 25 March 2013

I'm pleased to announce I have been selected to exhibit a new work at the 2013 biannual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Cottesloe Beach, Perth. Over 70 local, interstate and international artists will transform Perth's most popular beach into a stunning sculpture park overlooking the Indian Ocean. Visit Sculpture by the Sea website for more information: www.sculpturebythesea.com

 

NZ Sculpture OnShore
Fort Takapuna, Auckland

8 - 18 November 2012

Preparations are well underway for what will be the biggest and best Sculpture OnShore exhibition yet! Be there for the Gala Opening on Wednesday 7 November, the exhibition will be open every day from 8-18 November 2012. Visit NZ Sculpture OnShore Website for futher information: www.nzsculptureonshore.co.nz

 

Art in a Garden
Flaxemere Gardens, North Canterbury

25 - 28 October 2012

In the South Island - Art in a Garden opens on October 25 in North Canterbury. A beautiful weekend of Sculpture, music, local food and wine and is well worth the short scenic drive from Chricstchurch. Visit Art in a Garden website for further information: www.artinagarden.co.nz

New Zealand Sculpture at Art in a Garden 2012

Image: New work by Ben Foster installed at Art in a Garden - Viewed through work by Christchurch artist Llew Summers (2012)

 

New Sculptures for Taupo Sculpture Trust
Taupo Sculpture Trust

March 2012

New sculpture for taupo Sculpture Trust 2012

Image: Momentum installed at the new Suncourt Plaza, Taupo. Commissioned by the Taupo Sculpture Trust

 

Laisee
Group Show: Koru Contemporary Art

Hong Kong

Celebrating Koru Contemporary Art's ten years of exhibiting art in Hong Kong, this exhibition takes a stroll through our story and is a tribute to all the artists that the gallery has collaborated with over this time. Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm

Visit Koru Contemporary Art for further details: www.koru-hk.com

Ben Foster - Laisee: Group Show - Neil Dawson, Greer Twiss, Swain, Graham Bennet

Image: Works by New Zealand sculptors at Laisee Group exhibition - Koru Contemprary Art, Hong Kong. From Left: Old/New/Borrowed/Red by Neil Dawson, Dragon Spirit/Taniwha by Tanya Ashken, Foresee by Graham Bennett, Voyage II by Ben Foster, Figure in a Landscape by , Terry Stringer

 

 

Kinetic Sculptor
Latitude Magazine

October/November 2011

With the dramatic vistas of the Kaikoura coast the backdrop for your workshop - inspiration on a grand scale is sure to emerge. And emerge it does for sculptor Ben Foster whose work depicts the very form of the land and the water that surrounds him. [Read more]

Latitude Magazine October/November 2011

 

 

Sculpture on the Peninsula
Loudon Homestead, Banks Peninsula

4-6 /November 2011

The Lombardy Charitable Trust will host Sculpture on the Peninsula at Loudon Farm, Teddington, Banks Peninsula over the weekend of the 4, 5, 6, November 2011. Sculpture on the Peninsula is the largest outdoor sculpture exhibition in the South Island, and will showcase a vast range of works from both New Zealand’s leading and emerging talent.

Visit Sculpture on the Peninsula website for more information: www.sculpturenz.co.nz

Kekeno being installed at Sculpture on the Peninsula, Loudon Farm, Banks Peninsula

Image: Reconstruction, Kekeno being installed near the old Loudon Farm homestead, Teddington, Banks Peninsula in preparation for Sculpture on the Peninsula

 

Book Lauch: The Artists: 21 Practioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2011-2013

The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2011-2013 showcases 21 full-time New Zealand artists working in sculpture, photography and painting. The publication presents emerging artists alongside established names providing in-depth information on their current practices and a wealth of full-colour images of pieces from their current portfolios.

This volume features the following artists: Ben Foster, Andrew Barns-Graham, Josephine Cachemaille, Kevin Capon, Candi Dentice, Ted Dutch, Liam Gerrard, Will Handley, Ray Haydon, Linda Holloway, Cruz Jimenez, Gina Jones, Susanne Kerr, Clare Kim, Damien Kurth, Paul Martinson, Shintaro Nakahara, Yoshiko Nakahara, Pj Paterson, Alan Pearson and Martin Selman.

Purchase this book from: www.beatnikpublishing.com

Reviewed by the New Zealand Listener: www.listener.co.nz

The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2011-2013

The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2011-2013 - detail image

 

Momentum
Solo Show - Sanderson Contemporary Art

Parnell, Auckland
15 - 27 February 2011

Ben Foster’s sculpture synthesizes Minimalist art practices and philosophies with a familiar Regionalist aesthetic. Foster’s forms, sinuous, flowing and monumental in scale, are motivated by the sublime land- and seascapes of Kaikoura, where the artist’s studio is set. In his new work, Foster mounts an investigation of the symbiosis of the natural and the man-made
[Read more]

View exhibition at Sanderson Contemporary Art www.sanderson.co.nz

Images from the opening: visit www.artsdiary.co.nz

Image: Sait Akkirman

 

Sculpture in Central Otago
Lake Wanaka

5 February - 1 May 2011

The Wanaka Arts Charitable Trust presents Sculpture in Central Otago, a biennial exhibition featuring outdoor sculpture for sale by leading New Zealand artists. Sculpture in Central Otago provides an opportunity to see new artworks set in the spectacular Rippon Vineyard along the edge of Lake Wanaka. This is an exhibition of New Zealand’s leading sculptors set in the stunning South Island landscape showcasing some of our most creative, accomplished and dynamic artists.

Website: www.sculptureincentralotago.co.nz

Momentum by Ben Foster, Installed at Sculpture in Central Otago, Lake Wanaka (February 2011)