Art with Nails by David Foster

“My journey into art has come from a career in Architecture. My love of technical drawing has matured into using just ink pen stippling to create shadow and light with just dots and now more excitingly with hammer and nails.
I have always been fascinated with how little information the brain needs to interpret a picture and love the simplicity of a picture made up from just dots.
I started experimenting a couple of years ago by using nails instead of ink to make the dots. My first ever nail picture was ‘Elephant on a Bed of Nails’ and as this was successful I followed it up with the ‘Liver Building Nailed’.
The whole process thrills me, taking just a hammer and a box of nails and arranging them into an artwork. My work is based initially on a photograph which I painstakingly reproduce by stippling with an ink pen. The inked drawing is then enlarged to mark out where the nails go and then the nailing begins…… many thousands of nails later I have the finished piece. It is very tactile art and the viewer will find it hard not to touch the work.
My work has evolved and developed over time, I now use tiny nails which enable the viewer to see and interpret the work more closely and in detail. I currently have over half a million nails of different sizes in my studio waiting to be ‘nailed’.
My very first solo exhibition features both ‘Elephant on a Bed of Nails’ and ‘Liver Building Nailed’ along with the work ‘Lashes and Nails’ with which I won the Warrington Contemporary Open 2012.
The other works on show are an eclectic and diverse mix of popular icons of modernity, architecture and the natural world, various themes to portray the possibilities of this medium.
You really need to see my work up close as photographs don’t do it justice.”

David Foster

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