Philip Ellis Foster

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Couplet Trilogy, 2014. Brush and ink on rice paper; three pairs of two sheets, each sheet 33 x 11 inches
One Learns By Doing, 2013, Brush and ink on print-shop paper, 47 x 52 inches
Split Personality, 2014. Brush and ink on recycled cardboard; two pieces, each 76 x 17 inches
Talk Does Not Cook Rice, 2104, Brush and ink on specially prepared canvas, 72 x 60 inches
Abstract Couple, 2014, Brush and ink on specially prepared canvases; eight canvases, each 36 x 24 inches
Philip Ellis
Artist's Statement

I like to make marks on things. I especially enjoy making gestures with a brush and ink, usually on paper, but recently on other surfaces, such as cardboard and canvas. I like to work in pairs, sets or series. My work is abstract, spontaneous, unmediated and direct. My intent is to manifest the unknown, to say visually what cannot be said in words. The results are sometimes puzzling or mysterious. Coming from a background in Japanese calligraphy, my work could be described as calligraphic abstraction.


Philip Ellis Foster studied ceramics at the Tyler School of Art, in 1957 and sculpture at the University of Michigan in 1960, was introduced to brushwork by Barbara Bash, about 2005, studied Japanese calligraphy with Tsuyoshi Takemori since 2008, and explored studio art under Maurizio Pellegrin at the National Academy School in 2013 and 2014. Foster’s calligraphy was shown at the annually at the New York Shodo Society from 2010 to 2014, included in the World Calligraphy Biennale in South Korea in 2013, and published in Insight Journal. His abstract work was shown in a solo exhibit in 2013 at the National Academy School, included in “Asian Dreams and Inspiration” in 2013 and “Creative Mischief” in 2014 at the National Academy School, will be included in a group show at the Carter Burden Gallery in 2016, and published at in 2013. He is represented by Isabella Garrucho Fine Art in Westport, Connecticut