John Foster; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1970; 545

Name/Title

John Foster

About this object

A watercolour head and shoulders portrait of a male, John Foster, with head in three quarter profile and wearing a green top with white collar.

Maker

Toss WOOLLASTON

Date Made

1970

Medium and Materials

Watercolour on paper

Subject and Association Keywords

Portraits/Male

Subject and Association Description

There is an oil portrait painting of this subject, same composition, held in a private collection.

In a 1973 lecture on portraiture at the Waikato Museum of Art and History, Woollaston wrote how "someone once asked me - how did I get a likeness and continue to make a radical painting?... I take it my questioner meant by a radical painting, one that need take no account of likeness - that is, self-sustaining by virtue of its form and construction. That is the kind of painting that I like to do - but I like likeness too. But only such likeness as will not destroy the construction (of a painting), but reinforce it" (Barnett, 1991, p.75).

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

Object Type

Painting

Object number

545

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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