Though British landscape painter Tony Foster is sometimes referred to as the Warhol of the Wilderness, its not because, say, he paints Mount Rainier as a giant Campbells soup can, or works the face of Jackie Onassis into the crags of the Rockies. Rather, the Cornwall resident, now in his 60s, hikes or canoes into remote wilderness areas around the world to capture both the majesty of the scenery and the details of the environment in what he calls watercolour diaries -- paintings with a subtle, playful sense of the interaction between light and landscape, further enriched by maps, notes on area wildlife, and even the attachment of actual, physical souvenirs, from rocks to discarded epidermis (of a snake, one hopes). The English artist/adventurer speaks about his PAM exhibit "Tony Foster: Searching for a Bigger Subject," an aptly titled exhibition of his studies of two particularly awe-inspiring views -- Mount Everest and our beloved Grand Canyon.
Wed., Sept. 16, 7 p.m., 2009
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