Special evening with Tony Foster and Film Screening of: The Man Who Painted Everest

Perhaps many of us would feel we had done something exceptional if we were to stay alonein a wilderness for over a week. Tony Foster does this for a living.

Since 1982 Tony has created a series of 'watercolour diaries' in the world's great wildernesses:  deserts, mountains, canyons, rivers, and even underwater.  In order to make his Watercolour Diaries, some very large ­– up to 6 feet long – he treks into pristine wilderness, camps and works on the spot. The resulting paintings are a visual record of what he encounters on his journey ­– not just the landscape, but flora and fauna, notes, souvenirs and anecdotes.

The Man Who Painted Everest

In March 2005 Tony Foster travelled with a group of friends in the Everest Region in order to make paintings of the world's highest mountain. On a journey lasting four weeks, he hiked to a high point (17,500 feet) above Gokyo. The logistics of getting one man and his painting gear into such a wilderness are formidable. Porters cheerfully carry up to 60 lbs at very high altitudes, yet have enough breath left to keep up a stream of chatter and jokes.

Tony painted for months until the weather forced him to descend, he then returned to finish the paintings in April and May 2006.  This time he completed seven smaller pieces, including one at 17,800 feet on Kala Pattar (600 feet above Basecamp) - the highest painting he has ever done. He also worked on a second 6 ft x 3 ft painting.

More information...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010. 7:30 PM.
Approximate duration of 2 hour(s).
Cubberley Auditorium (School of Education) (Map)
General Public
Lecture / Reading
Continuing Studies
Free and open to public