Richard Foster is one of the preeminent portrait artists in Britain. He is currently the president of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, having formerly acted as Vice President and Honorary Treasurer.
Richard Foster was born in 1945 and brought up in Norfolk. He attended Harrow School, and pursued a burgeoning interest in art at the Studio Simi and the British Institute in Florence, as well as Trinity College, Oxford, and the City and Guilds of London Art School. He is a great patron and participant in institutional art establishments in London, having been a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters since 1976, holding the position of Vice President between 1991 - 1994, and now acting as President. He is also a member of other institutions such as the Art Workers Guild.
Richard Foster has had a prolific and illustrious career, painting diverse genres ranging from landscapes and town scenes to portraits. He has had numerous exhibitions in London including five at Spink and Son, as well as Rafael Vals, Partridge Fine Arts and Indar Pasricha. He exhibits every year with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and most years at the Royal Academy. He also counts the royal family amongst his patronage, and in March 2009 accompanied HRH Prince of Wales on his Official Tour of South America as tour artist.
Although primarily a portrait artist, Foster's works are actually quite diverse. He has painted a great variety of pictures in both oil and watercolour, not just single portraits and family groups, but also landscapes and compositions which he shows in his one man exhibitions every three or four years. His work tends towards understatement, but in the words of Francis Russell, head of Old Masters at Christie’s, “His pictures wear well”.
Indeed, Foster's works are highly sought after, and he counts amongst past commisions HM The King of Norway, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Princess of Wales, HRH The Duke of Kent, The Corsini Family, The Visconti Family, The Royal Collection of The National Portrait Gallery, The National Trust, Eton College and Harrow School, and Oxford and Cambridge Colleges.