December Mostra 2016 / Meet the Artists… Grant Foster

This Friday will see one of the highlights of our calendar, the triannual mostra, open at the British School at Rome. Our six resident artists have been hard at work over the past three months, taking inspiration from the city and all it has to offer. In the run up to the December Mostra opening, we will be posting blogs in which the artists tell us about the basis of their practice, and how being in Rome has contributed to their work.

Grant Foster (Rome Fellow in Contemporary Art)


Photo by Antonio Palmieri

Nationalism, religion, redemption and revenge lie at the forefront of Grant Foster‘s practice. Spanning painting, collage and sculpture, Foster focuses on the point where classicism intersects with populism. The suggestion of two incongruous worlds is united by a hysterical and manic interpretation of contemporary morality. Borrowing from a disparate range of sources, including the tabloid news, images of antiquity, and cultural bric-a-brac, Foster offers a sardonic swipe at our commonly assumed cultural values.

Nazionalismo, religione, redenzione e vendetta sono elementi centrali nelle opere di Grant Foster. Variando tra pittura, collage e scultura, Foster si concentra sul punto dove il classicismo interseca il populismo. Questi due mondi incongrui sono uniti da un’interpretazione isterica e maniacale della moralità contemporanea. Foster mette in dubbio la veridicità dei nostri valori culturali prendendo spunto da fonti disparate che includono giornali scandalistici, immagini di antichità e cianfrusaglie.

December Mostra will open on Friday 9 December at 18.30.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 16.30-19.00 until Saturday 17 December.