2019 SOLO SHOW

30 April to 20 May 2019

Ben Foster’s new exhibition Sculpture celebrates his most recognizable and loved works alongside a new playful series that sees the artist experiment with scale, colour and movement. 

Living in Kaikoura, Ben’s surroundings inform and inspire his practice, using the native wildlife and natural geometries of the mountainous landscape. Foster’s elegant, geometric forms balance between realism and design. With both animal and human forms alike, Foster pairs back natural forms to focus on line, symmetry and scale juxtaposing the natural and man-made. 

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Ben Foster explores the impact of scale in his Kaikoura studio 2019

Ben Foster explores the impact of scale in his Kaikoura studio 2019

Zac, 2019, aluminium, waterborne aluminium paint, edition of 6, 1000mm x 1000mm x 350mm

Zac, 2019, aluminium, waterborne aluminium paint, edition of 6, 1000mm x 1000mm x 350mm

Studio process, 2019, aluminium, edition of 3 , 1000mm x 190mm x 90mm

Studio process, 2019, aluminium, edition of 3 , 1000mm x 190mm x 90mm

Studio process, 2019, aluminium, edition of 3 , 500mm x 1900mm x 500mm

Studio process, 2019, aluminium, edition of 3 , 500mm x 1900mm x 500mm

Southern Alps inspired bridge concept for Christchurch

The Four Brothers, a collaboration with GHD Woodhead architects, Christchurch. 

A sculptural bridge concept for the Avon river in the CBD. The concept draws inspiration from local Māori mythology and the vast southern alpine ranges, a dominant feature of the Canterbury region. 

In Māori mythology the tale of Aoraki, along with his brothers, brought his great waka down from the heavens in order to visit their step-mother, Papatūānuku. When attempting to return to the heavens some time later, Aoraki misquoted his karakia and the canoe fell back into the water and turned over onto its side. As the brothers moved on to the back of the overturned canoe they turned to stone, and they remain there today as the principal mountains in the Southern Alps, with Aoraki being the highest.

Collaborative project with GHD Woodhead: The Four Brothers - a pedestrian bridge concept for Christchurch CBD.

Collaborative project with GHD Woodhead: The Four Brothers - a pedestrian bridge concept for Christchurch CBD.

Ben Foster concept sketch ‘The Four Brothers’ pedestrian bridge, Christchurch CBD.

Ben Foster concept sketch ‘The Four Brothers’ pedestrian bridge, Christchurch CBD.

Collaborative project with GHD Woodhead: The Four Brothers - a pedestrian bridge concept for Christchurch CBD.

Collaborative project with GHD Woodhead: The Four Brothers - a pedestrian bridge concept for Christchurch CBD.

SUMMER SHOWCASE

‘Benjamin’ by Ben Foster will feature in the SUMMER SHOWCASE at Sanderson Contemporary, 19 December to 27 January 2019.

Summer Showcase presents a forecast for 2019, offering a glimpse into the exciting programme of exhibitions and events that Sanderson Contemporary have in store for the next 12 months.

The gallery’s programme for 2019 includes major new exhibitions from their stable, curated group shows, and exhibitions from guest artists, as well as participation at local and international art fairs. Summer Showcase brings together impressive new pieces from their stable alongside exciting pieces from guest artists.

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NEW COMMISSION FOR ZÜRICH

A recently completed work, the Bear & Ballerina marks the first of a new series of works to be exhibited in 2019. In this latest work Foster engages abstract geometric form to capture various fantastical creatures, with immaculately constructed sculptures in artfully finished aluminium that are playful and instantly familiar. His new body of works for 2019 show works of increasing subtlety, as Foster draws contrast between light and shade, human and animal, beauty and power.

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The Bear and Ballerina concept sketch by Ben Foster

The Bear and Ballerina concept sketch by Ben Foster

SPECTRUM

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.

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

Studio process image for Spectrum 2016 Ben Foster

Studio process image for Spectrum 2016 Ben Foster

What We Make Of It - Hawkes Bay Sculpture

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/Terstappe

MTG Hawkes Bay Museum, Napier

Shadow by Ben Foster 

Shadow by Ben Foster 

MONUMENTAL GOODBOY FOR WASHINGTON D.C.

A large new work based on the much loved GoodBoy work of 2012 commissioned by the The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, U.S. will soon be installed in Washington D.C. This new commission stands at a colossal 2.5 meters tall and will be airfreighted to Washington D.C. for installation in early 2018. 

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Sculpture in the Lanes

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. 

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Stark White Animal Sculptures

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

Ben Foster and the White Horse 

Ben Foster and the White Horse 

Angular Animals Show off Clean Palettes and Breathtaking New Zealand Views

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

GoldenBoy by Ben Foster - Kaikoura coast

GoldenBoy by Ben Foster - Kaikoura coast

Ultra-minimalist Animal Sculptures Invade NZ

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