It is with sadness that we learn of the death of local artist Robert Foster, who died on the morning of Wednesday 13 July 2016, after a traffic collision on Kings Highway. Known for his work in contemporary design and silver-smithing, his distinctive Fink jugs were an icon found in many restaurants and galleries around Canberra, and indeed the world.
Born in Victoria, Foster came to Canberra in 1981
when he enrolled in the Canberra School of Art at ANU to study gold and silver-smithing.
In 1988, just two years after finishing his studies, his first work was
purchased by the recently opened National Gallery of Australia.
|Robert Foster with his renowned Fink jug|
That first jug, created from aluminium and using a sleek modern shape, was typical of Foster’s work, and it became a design icon. In 1993, Foster also created the design and manufacturing company Fink and co. which has been producing usable art ever since.
|'Ossolites' at ActewAGL House|
He frequently exhibited at locations around Canberra, included the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Museum and Galley and Craft ACT.
|Fink and co. brochure|
For an in-depth examination of his work see Robert Foster: Critical Play, edited by Merryn Gates, available for reference from the ACT Heritage Library. Quotes in this blog were also taken from this publication.