Harvey Foster initially trained to be an engineering draughtsman in the early 1960s
but later pursued a career as a Chartered Engineer for 36 years in the USA and UK.
Taking up the paint brush on retirement, aided by some part time art courses at Blackpool
& the Fylde College, he achieved success in a short time in his new found hobby.
In between looking after his grandchildren, church and other voluntary activities,
he paints and exhibits his work, and has undertaken commissions.
He has been awarded numerous trophies and commendations by the Lytham St Annes Art
Society for his work at their various art exhibitions since joining in 2005. He exhibited
45 paintings in “Lytham Heritage Centre” gallery for 3 weeks in the summer of 2011.
He became a trustee of Lytham St Annes Society in 2009 and served as Acting President
and then President from August 2013 to May 2015. He organised a number of the Society’s
In 2006 he was a winner of the “Inspired By” competition for adult learners and exhibited
his work in Manchester Art Gallery. He was a runner up in 2007 and exhibited his
work in Manchester Central Library. In the same year one of his paintings was short
listed by the Royal Academy for hanging in their Summer Exhibition in London.
“Inspired by artists from Caravaggio to Edward Hopper, I particularly enjoy painting
people in compositions which possess structure and narrative. Living on the Fylde
Coast in Northwest England, the piers of Blackpool and St Annes provide excellent
grid structures on which to base these compositions. I generally work in oil on board
or canvas in the studio after spending a lot of time in preparation, drawing a layout
of real and imaginary people. When I run out of ideas I resort to holiday snaps for
inspiration and source material. ”