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Fredericka Foster

Into the Deep

Stephen Maine

  In her synecdochic paintings of the restless surfaces of rivers, lakes and seas, Fredericka Foster construes water in motion as all that is vital to the living world. Those surfaces—whether turbulent, languid, or something between—recede into pictorial space as the viewer’s eye moves from the bottom edge of the painting toward the top, exerting a dynamic counterpoint to the picture plane itself. But whatever the character of the waves, ripples and eddies that fill the frame, they are...
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Carter Ratcliff - An Aqueous Cosmology: The Art of Fredericka Foster

Carter Ratcliff

Rhythms fill Fredericka Foster’s paintings of water. Or that is what I am tempted to say after a glance around a roomful of her paintings. Then, when I focus on a single canvas and look for its defining pattern, I see none—no equivalent to the strict regularities of a Minimalist grid or an Op Art design. In short, no rigidity. These are pictures of flow, of current and cross-current. Their rhythms are liquid, which is to say: the moment a rhythm begins, it reaches beyond itself. To see...
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Fredericka Foster and her Work

F R E D E R I C K A   F O S T E R 


B.A. in Art, University of Washington 1972

Factory of Visual Arts, 1972-3

Inquiries: the artist or



­2014    Water Way   Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University ,

                               Beacon, NY March 8 – October 5, 2014

2013    Water Way  Fischbach Gallery, New York April 25-May 25

2009    Waterway,   Fischbach Gallery, New York Oct. 15 – Nov 14

2006    Waterway,   Fischbach Gallery, New York Nov 16-Dec 16

2004    Water Way, Fischbach Gallery, New York Feb 12- March 13

2002    Water Way, Fischbach Gallery, New York March 21-April 20th

1999            From the Ground Up, “Quiet House”, Invitational installation, Duvall, WA, August

1996            Deus/Virus: Transforming the Protease, Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, April-May

            Transforming the HIV Protease, The Norbert Considine Gallery at Stuart Country                                     Day School, Princeton, NJ, Sept.-Oct.




2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004,2003, 2002

Fischbach Gallery, NYC

2011-2            Value of Water, Cathedral St. John the Divine, NYC 9-22-11-3-25-12

2008            Written on the Wind, Rubin Museum of Art, NYC, Sept. 07-Feb. 08

            Places, Jim Kempner Fine Art, NY, NY May-June 2008

2004            les Fables de la Fontaine, The Meyerhoff Gallery, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Jan-Mar

            The Flag Project, (String #5) Rubin Museum, NY, NY - ongoing           

2003               Fables: The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, March-April

            Well heeled, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA  Oct-Nov

2002            Mind/Body, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lawrenceville, NJ, April:  Kate Somers, Curator

            les Fables de la Fontaine,  Temple University Rome, Italy Nov and

                        Centre pour L’art et la Culture, Aix-en-Provence, France April 12-28

2001            Turtle Times, Studio D’Ars, Milan, Italy, May-July

2000              Painting 2000, Bumberbiennial, Seattle, WA, curator Matthew Kangas, Sept.

            Mary Mary, Seattle Underground Film Festival, October

1999            Gail Chase and Fredericka Foster Shapiro, SOHO 20, New York, New York, July

            The Wedding, The Limelight, New York City, March




Commerce Bancshares

Comcast Corporation

Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY

General Electric

Merck and Company

Microsoft Corporation

Morgan Stanley








Fredericka Foster  Bibliography



Tricycle Magazine, SPOTLIGHT ON, Fredericka Foster, Summer, 2014, P. 28-29, “Like a Circle in Water.” video profile (Andrew Gladstone) Summer, 2014

This film also represented in two festivals: The Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Blue Ocean Film Festival in St. Petersburg, FL



Stephen Maine  “Into the Deep”, Water Way, Fischbach Gallery, NYC, p. 1-3

Stephanie Strasnick, ARTnews; reviews;newyork,  Sept., p. 100-101



Carter Ratcliff , “ An Aqueous Cosmology: The Art of Fredericka Foster;Waterway,

Fischbach Gallery, NYC, p. 1-6



Tricycle Magazine, Vol. XIV No. 4 Summer, reproduction of Norwegian Fjord I, p. 128



Elizabeth Neuman, “Fredericka Foster:  Water Way”, NY Arts, April, p. 95

Deloris Tarzan Ament, Iridescent Light; The Emergence of Northwest Art, University of

            Washington Press, p. 8                                                                              


Tricycle Magazine, Vol. IX No. 4 Summer, 2000.  Full page reproduction of painting,             Buddha, p. 18

Galen Films/Romano Productions, The Spiritual Journey:  Interfaith Perspectives, several paintings included in the 34 minute video presented to the World Parliament of Religious Leaders by the Auburn Theological Seminary and the Temple of Understanding



Regina Hackett, “Urban artists fill a natural setting with surprises”, Seattle PI,

            August 31, Section D


 Becca Robinson, "What's Upfront", New Age Magazine,  Nov.-Dec., p. 18, artist's photo by Sean Emmerle



Tammy Paolina,"Fighting AIDS, Death through an Artist's Protean Vision",  Photography by Nicole Buchenholz;  Hunterdon County Democrat,11 April, What's Up?  cover  and p.3

Wendy Heisler,  "Lending a Healing Hand",The Princeton Packet-Time Off, 5 Apr,  p.11      

"Deus/Virus: at Riverrun, an AIDS-Healing Installation", New Hope Gazette, 21 March,             article and photograph p. 18



Digressions on Infection, "le SIDA, theme central de l'exposition d'une artiste americaine..."Sophiapolis, 15 jan.



Delois Tarzan.  "Big Apple still big in an art career," The Seattle Times, 31 July, Arts Alive sec. Artist's portrait by Kort Duce

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