Doug Foster

United Kingdom 1961


Doug Foster
Doug Foster
United Kingdom
March 13, 2014
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Doug started out as an animation cameraman at the BBC in 1982. He soon became a lighting cameraman, shooting TV title sequences and commercials for many of the top production companies in London. In 1993 he joined the renowned Blink Productions as a commercials director and garnered some of the advertising industry’s highest awards for his films.

Doug gave up the world of commercials in 2006 to devote all his energy to making art. His first works were a set of finely crafted film installations that explore the lengths that people will go to when faced with serious challenges.

His more recent, large-scale projection installations aspire to beguile at a more primal level by imposing perfect symmetry on irregular forms from nature to evoke pseudo-biological imagery.

Film and video artist Doug Foster is fascinated by optical illusion. For one of his earliest projects, he built a walk-in film installation that immersed viewers in a panorama of image projections.

After a long and successful 20-year career as an award-winning commercial director, Foster turned his estimable knowledge of filmmaking and special effects back to artistic practice, crafting a series of large-scale hi-def stereoscopic video installations that featured eerie cyclical narratives and kaleidoscope-like animated patterns that border edon the psychedelic.Convolver, for example, turned a 27-paned window into a swirling projection of aquamarine liquids and their various movements and textures.

Doug has exhibited at The David Roberts Foundation (2007), Punchdrunk’s Tunnel 228 (2009), Lazarides’ Hell’s Half Acre, The Minotaur, Bedlam and BRUTAL (2010 – 2013), Daydreaming with…St Michael’s (2011), Daydreaming with… The Hong Kong Edition (2012) and Secret Cinema’s Prometheus (2012). His solo shows include Only Human at The Fine Art Society (2008) and In the Naughty Chair at Lazarides (2011).

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Art14 LondonLazarides Rathbone Gallery, LondonGroup
2013BRUTALLazarides Rathbone Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Art13Lazarides Rathbone Gallery,Olympia Grand Hall, LondonGroup
2013In DreamsThe Cob Gallery, LondonGroup
2012BedlamLazarides Rathbone Gallery, Old Vic Tunnels, LondonGroup
2012Prometheus, Secret CinemaSecret Location near Euston, London Group
2012DaydreamingArtistree, Taikoo Place, Hong KongGroup
2012Unkle SoundToured InternationallySolo
2012BedlamLazarides Gallery, LondonGroup
2011The MinotaurLazarides Rathbone Gallery, Old Vic Tunnels, LondonGroup
2011In The Naughty ChairLazarides Rathbone Gallery, LondonSolo
2011DaydreamingSt Michael's Church, Camden, LondonGroup
2010Hell's Half AcreLazarides Rathbone Gallery, Station Approach Road, LondonGroup
2009The White Tie & Tiara Ball Woodside, Windsor, 2009Solo
2009Tunnel 228The Old Vic Tunnels, Waterloo, LondonGroup
2008Only HumanFAS Contemporary, New Bond Street, London Solo
2006Breather @ The MillThe Mill, Great Marlborough Street, LondonSolo