Southern painter Gail Foster depicts an uplifting, impassioned view of the human condition – one in which, regardless of gender, the inner power and energy of the spirit are celebrated. “I want the fire, the passion, and the light of the soul to come out through the energy of the movement…I can’t paint a dark figure. No matter what happens around the figure, there’s still that light from within. Art needs to tap into that level of inner knowing, that inner light,” Foster explains.

“Foster’s paintings form gateways for our own entrance into those levels of insight that, in the final analysis, are accessible within ourselves as we cease to be our own inattentive ‘selves’…when we become more or other than we ordinarily believe ourselves to be,” writes Jerry Cullum, art critic and regular contributor to Art Papers.

Gail Foster has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions with the Bill Lowe Gallery, in addition to her impressive exhibition history throughout the southern United States. She has been featured in dozens of artistic and design publications, most notably Art Papers, Southern Voice, Southern Accents, and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle. Her work is included in several prominent public and private collections, including the Columbus Museum of Art, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Emory University.

EDUCATION
1980 MFA, Parson’s School of Design, New York, NY and Blairstown, NJ

1978 BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Summa Cum Laude Baltimore, MD
Art Institute of Boston Boston, MA

SOLO EXHIBITONS
2006 Lyon and Lyon, New Orleans, LA
2005 Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2003 Horizon Gallery, “Body Current” Santa Fe, NM

2002 Horizon Gallery, “Old Passions” Santa Fe, NM

2001 Fay Gold Gallery Atlanta, GA

2000 Fay Gold Gallery, “Works on Paper” Atlanta, GA

1999 Columbus Museum of Art, Funded by the Hardaway Endowment Columbus, GA
-- Fay Gold Gallery, “Appassionata” Atlanta, GA
-- Todd Crockett Gallery Little Rock, AK
-- Barkin Leeds Ltd., One Buckhead Plaza Atlanta, GA

1998 Neiman Marcus, “Illumination: The Fall Harvest” Atlanta, GA

1997 The Lowe Gallery Atlanta, GA
-- The Gomez Gallery Baltimore, MD

1996 The Lowe Gallery Atlanta, GA
-- Todd Crockett Gallery Little Rock, AK

1995 The Lowe Gallery, “Genesis” Atlanta, GA

1993 Fay Gold Gallery Atlanta, GA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 Body Sacred Exhibition, Knoxville, TN
-- 707 Gallery, New York, NY
-- Studio Swan, "A Select Group", Atlanta, GA
-- Studio Swan, "Gail Foster and Thomas Swanston: New Works", Atlanta, GA

2005 Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 16th Anniversary
-- 707 Gallery, "White", Sante Fe, NM
-- Soho Myriad, "A Common Thread", Atlanta, GA

2004 Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2003 Lyon & Lyon Fine Art New Orleans, LA
-- Studio Eleven Lexington, VA
-- Swan Coach House Gallery Atlanta, GA
-- Columbus Museum of Art, “A Celebration of Creativity: Three Centuries of American Masterworks on Paper” Columbus, GA

2002 Horizon Gallery Santa Fe, NM
-- Fay Gold Gallery, “Works on Paper” Atlanta, GA

2001 Huntsville Museum of Art Huntsville, AL

2000 Gallery Nordstrand Oslo, Norway
-- Swan Coach House Gallery Atlanta, GA
-- Joseph House Gallery Columbus, GA
-- Harper College, 23rd National Exhibition; Small Work” Palatine, IL
-- University of Mobile, “Art with a Southern Drawl” Mobile, AL
-- Columbia College, “Paper in Particular” Columbia, MO

1999 Fay Gold Gallery, “XX/MM; 20th Anniversary Exhibition” Atlanta, GA
-- Fay Gold Gallery, “Group Show” Atlanta, GA
-- City Gallery East, “FIRE” Atlanta, GA

1998 The Frances King Shaw Gallery, King Plow Arts Center Atlanta, GA
-- Holter Museum of Art, “ANA 27” Helena, MT
-- Alexandria Museum of Art, “16th Annual” Alexandria, LA
-- Charles Janssen Gallery, Art Institute of Atlanta Atlanta, GA
-- Haggin Museum, “Stockton National Exhibition” Stockton, CA
-- The Peasant Building Atlanta, GA
-- Columbia College, “Paper in Particular” Columbia, MO
-- The Bank, “Castleberry Hill Loft Show” Atlanta, GA

1997 The Lowe Gallery, Three-Person Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

1996 City Gallery East, “IVAC” Atlanta, GA
-- The Lowe Gallery, “An American Renaissance” Atlanta, GA
-- Todd Crockett Gallery, “Two person Exhibit” Little Rock, AK
-- Mobile Museum of Art Mobile, AL
-- The Lowe Gallery, “Works on Paper” Atlanta, GA

1995 Gibbes Museum, “Yankee Seeds in Southern Soil” Charleston, SC
-- City Gallery East, “Revival of the Figure” Atlanta, GA
-- Stanback Museum Columbia, SC
-- State of the Art Gallery Ithaca, NY

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Alembik, Fine and Callner, Atlanta, GA
Alston and Bird Atlanta, GA Atlanta
Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, GA
Cingular Wireless, Atlanta, GA
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA
Disney; Beach and Yacht Club, Orlando, FL
Embassy Suites Chicago, IL
Emory University; Rollins School of Public Health Atlanta, GA
Ethan Allen International, Danbury, CT
Euro Disney, Paris, France
Federal Reserve Bank; Richmond, VA
Grady Hospital; AIDS Wing, Atlanta, GA
Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC
Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
Hyatt Regency, Nationwide Inn at University Village, Chicago, IL
InterContinental, International, Toronto Canada
King and Spaulding, Atlanta, GA
King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
Long, Aldridge & Norman, Atlanta, GA
Saks New York , NY
Saks, New Orleans, LA
Scentura Creations, Atlanta, GA
Strategic Resource Co., Columbia, SC
Total Systems Services, Inc., Columbus, GA
Westin; Rio Mar, Puerto Rico

GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/PRESENTATIONS
2005
Artist in Residence, Hambidge Center For the Arts, Asheville, NC

1999
“Images of Peter’s Story”, Skyland Trail Atlanta, GA

1998
Purchase Award - Haggin Museum Stockton, CA
Fellowship - Virginia Center for Creative Arts Sweet Briar, VA

1997
“Finding the Divine Without & Within,” Egyptology Conference Atlanta, GA
Fellowship - Virginia Center for Creative Arts Sweet Briar, VA

1996
“Art of the Figure,” Women Business Owners of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

1995
“American Renaissance In Film,” Copeland Hirthler Design, Atlanta, GA
“Atlanta Artist, Gail Foster,” WQXI Lifestyles Interview Atlanta, GA

1994
“Classical Casts From the MET, Kennesaw College, Atlanta, GA

1991
“Learning to Forget,” Atlanta Psych. Clinic Atlanta, GA

1980
Helena Rubenstein Fellowship New York, NY

1978 The Ford Foundation Grant Baltimore, MD

1971 Rhode Island School for the Gifted Providence, RI

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2004
Amy Laughinghouse, “Subtle Style,” Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, January

1999
Tom Butler, “Recent Paintings & Drawings by Gail Foster,” Columbus Museum News, Fall
Oma Blaise, “Two of a kind,” Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, September
Michael, Wall, “Harmonizing Art & Psychology,” Atlanta Business Chronicle, March-April
Jerry Cullem, “Words help forge a fiery intensity,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June
Cathy Byrd, “a kind of cadence,” ArtNet Magazine, January
Donald Locke, “Curious Kinship,” Creative Loafing, January

1998
Peter Frank, a 27, A National Juried Exhibition,” Holter Museum of Art, Exhibition Catalogue, August
Kevin Kittredge, “An Artist’s Haven”, Roanoke Times, January

1997
Peter Frank, “A Choreography of Immanence”, Lowe Gallery Exhibition Catalogue Essay, March
Donald Kuspit, “Gail Foster’s Sense of Womanly Identity”, Lowe Gallery Exhibition Catalogue Essay, March
Barbara Tapp, “Perfect Symmetry”, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, January
John Dorsey, “Paintings Suggest Grasping At Fog,” The Baltimore Sun, March
Mike Guiliano, “In the Abstract”, City Paper, March
Heidi Kachmann, “Thoughtful Transformation”, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, October
John Paddock, “Creators Creating,” Georgia Psychologist, May

1996
Dinald Knaub, “Southern Juried Exhibition- Mobile Museum of Art”, Exhibition Catalogue
Anne Melfi, “European Sense, Southern Sensibility,” The Atlanta Business Chronicle, January
Brad Brooks, “Southern Sense and Sensibility,” Southern Voice, March
Sarah Bernstein, “Play and Obsession, “ Jewish Times, April
Dr. Marie Louisa Borras, “American Renaissance”, Catalogue essay, June
Jane Gaston, “An Artistic Uprising”, Peachtree Magazine, July
Susan Vozza, “Dramatic Turnabout”, Boulevard, September

1995
Jerry Cullem, “There Are a Thousand Different Spirits In This World,” Lowe Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, April
Jeffrey Day, “Artists Reveal Transformation after Transplantation,” The State, July
Erika Carey, “A Sense of Place”, The Gibbes Museum of Art Exhibition Catalogue, September
George Bumgardner, “A Fine Show”, The Ithaca Journal, September
Carolan Schwartz, “Revival of the Figure”, City Gallery East Exhibition Catalogue, September
Jerry Cullum, “Figuratively Speaking”, The Atlanta Constitution, September
John Villani, “Atlanta Art Scene”, Southern Accents, Sept/October
Oma Blaise, “People, Short Takes”, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, November

1994
Charlotte Morgan, “Atlanta Artists’ work to Benefit RACASA”, The Rockbridge Weekly, January
Jerry Cullum, “It’s All Women’s Work at Gold Gallery”, The Atlanta Journal, June

1993
Kathleen Connors, “Learning to Forget”, Visual Art Review, Art Papers, May/June
Amy Jinkner-Lloyd, “Art Highlights”, Creative Loafing, Septembe
 

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