John Foster; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1970; 545
John FosterAbout 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
1970Medium and Materials
Watercolour on paperSubject and Association Keywords
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).
Woollaston Davies CollectionCredit Line
Gifted by the artist in 1979Object Type
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