Fredericka Foster 

 Fredericka Foster ( "Water and paintings both engage our bodies and minds at deep unconscious levels, and to emphasize this connection, I have chosen polluted urban or thick glacial water as the primary subject of my oil paintings.   I relate to two surfaces: one of the water, the other of the canvas, by creating structures of moving water with paint and imagination.  Using close observation of water and the photographic references I have made, and arbitrarily selecting a palette of colors, I layer paint in an all–over manner until I can feel and see movement and life on the canvas.  Once the overall composition is almost settled, I focus on the abstract shapes within; allowing them to emerge and complete my vision."

Fredericka Foster

What art do you most identify with?   

Art that has a presence that I can feel – medium doesn’t matter.  Good art to me is art that engages me at several different levels.  

Where can people normally find you hanging out?  

In my studio.  Painting is an eye-hand activity– if I don’t keep at it, I lose my touch and have to take a lot of time to catch up with myself.

What are some things you'd like to change about the arts community here in Seattle?

I wish that Platform, Roq La Rue and Punch were not closing.  Galleries help provide artists with community which is vitally important.  I also hope that Paul Allen keeps Pivot going.

What are things you like about our arts community?

I have spent the majority of my time on the East Coast for many years, although I have never lost my connection with Seattle. We live part-time in our home here, where I have a wonderful studio.  I think there are an amazing number of talented artists in the Pacific NW – the horrible weather in the winter months keeps us in the studio and very internal, which leads to original and thoughtful work.  Also, work I see here is often shows the artist’s sense of humor, and I think people tend not to take themselves so seriously, which is very refreshing.  

What is your favorite museum in Seattle?

I have such catholic tastes that it is hard for me to ever talk about favorites.  I visit the Frye, Seattle Art Museum, and when I feel a need to feed my heart I go to the Volunteer Park  Museum.  I also like the new museum on Bainbridge Island.

What is the best home for your art?

How do you price your work?  My work has been priced by Larry DiCarlo at Fischbach in New York.  Now that he is online only, I am pricing my new work based on the standards that he established with sales to collectors.  

Tell us a story of when you sold your first piece.

I actually don’t remember when I sold my first piece.  Art sales were an important part of my income when I was young, as I only worked part time.  I exhibited at the Artists Gallery in Seattle, and sometimes sold my work to the actors who worked in the theatre upstairs.  They usually had to pay me a bit monthly. In addition, I was lucky enough to have some painting collectors who could pay in full, and it allowed me to keep working at my art without having a full time job.   When I did photography, I exhibited at Equivalents gallery and also Silver Image.

What is often overlooked about your work?

How abstract it is   Recently, Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn, curators for The Value of Food exhibition at the Cathedral St. John the Divine, came to see a water painting, and their first comment was –“it looked so realistic in the photograph! – this is really abstract.”  This has happened to me more often than I can count.  

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2014  Water Way   Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University, 
    March 8 – October 5, 2014  (Beacon, NY)
    2013    Water Way  Fischbach Gallery, April 25-May 25  (New York)
    Waterway,   Fischbach Gallery, Oct. 15 – Nov 14 (New York)
    Waterway,   Fischbach Gallery, Nov 16-Dec 16    (New York
    2004    Water Way, Fischbach Gallery, Feb 12- March 13  (New York)

Group Exhibitions:

  • 2016    Value of Food,  Cathedral St. John the Divine NYC  Oct. 6, 2015-Apr. 3, 2016
  • Guest Curator, The Value of Water, Cathedral Chuch St. John the Divine, 2011-12
  • 2016  The Endless Summer,  Fischbach Gallery online, (now in Miami, FLA) until August  31st, and 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 back to 2002   Have also been at Jim Kempner’s Gallery and The Rubin Museum, both NYC
  • 2003    Fables: The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, March-April
  • Well heeled, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA  Oct-Nov

Permanent Exhibitions:

  • Comcast Corporation  (NY)
  • Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
  • General Electric (Fairfield, CT)
  • Merck and Company (Rahway NJ)
  • Morgan Stanley (NYC)
  • And not recent:  Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA