Liz Foster is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art’s Painting Department, where she studied in the 90’s. During her time there she was awarded the exchange scholarship to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Later, she went on to study for an M.A. in Fine Art (Painting) from the University of Hull.

Her work currently focuses on painting, but also incorporates media such as stitch and print. She has exhibited in group and solo shows nationally and has a painting currently in the R.A.’s Summer Exhibition. She is an advocate for both community art and art education, leading projects and teaching Fine Art in both college and community settings.

She is currently based in York, U.K.


Currently my work explores notions of repetition and pattern, creating systems and rhythms that reference the natural, human-made and auditory environment. From threads in cloth to lamp posts punctuating a street. Referencing Gestalt, I create compositions from the reiteration of smaller parts, prompting the viewer to ‘join the dots’.


I’ve always enjoyed the play between pure abstraction and subtle references and suggestion. A painting begins with intuitive marks and colour then is developed over several months with the adding, removing, and editing of worked areas. The final composition only comes to realization in the later stages of the process. Impactful use of colour remains a constant in my work. I’m constantly examining how our perception of colours change within a painting depending on where they’re placed.

Selected Exhibitions

2021 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London

2021 The Edit, One Good Gift, Sheffield

2021 Towards the Light, The Art Cafe Contemporary Gallery, Whitby

2021 Re-Cultivate, Cultivate Gallery, London (online)

2020 New Light ‘Curator’s Choice’, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough

2019 Ferens Open, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

2019 YOS Exhibition, St Mary’s Arts Centre, York

2017 Spring Exhibition, The Art Café, Whitby

2009 Summer Show, The Art Café, Whitby

2008 magical/mystical/nature, Friar Lane Gallery, Nottingham

2007 Flower, Beningbrough Hall, York (solo)

2007 Miscellany, Beningbrough Hall, York (solo)

2006 Taste, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe (solo)

2006 Multiplicity, Kirkleatham Museum and Art Gallery, Redcar

2005 Gallery Artist, Blue Wing Gallery, Padstow, Cornwall

2004 Painting is Dead, Long Live Painting, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

2004 Women’s Work, Artlink Gallery, Hull

2003 Unframed, Cupola Art Gallery, Sheffield

1999 New Paintings, Air Gallery, London (solo)

1998 Paintings, Taunton School, Somerset (solo)

1997 York Open, York City Art Gallery, York

1995 6×6, University of Northumbria, Newcastle

1994 New Generation, The Compass Gallery, Glasgow

1994 Paths of Exploration, The Assembly Rooms, Glasgow

1993 R.S.A. Student Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh


Art Fairs 

2021 art&York online

2019 art&York

2008 London Art Fair (Represented by Beverley Knowles Fine Art)


Open Studios

York Open Studios -2019, 2017

East Yorkshire Open Studios, 2014



1990-1994, Glasgow School of Art, B.A. (hons), Drawing and Painting

1993, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Student Exchange Scholarship

2022-2004, The University of Hull, M.A. Painting