Ludovic Foster was born in the South Wales Valleys and studied for a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Hereford College of the Arts, and an MA in painting at Winchester School of Art. He holds a PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex for his thesis Narratives of Tomboy Identity in Fiction and Film: Exploring a Hidden History.
As well as an artist Ludovic is an independent, disabled academic and volunteer.
His most recent artwork has been exhibited at the Trans/Forms exhibition in Bristol in 2015, and as part of the SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon’s Open Pride exhibition in Brighton 2018.
His new artwork is a collection of intimate, expressive watercolour, pencil and ink abstract paintings on textured paper.
Ludovic has lived in East Sussex for a number of years and these landscape paintings are informed by his encounters with the coastal landscape surrounding Brighton and Hove, as well his experiences as an avid swimmer.
In these latest paintings Ludovic combines the fluidity and vibrancy of the mediums of watercolour paint, with pencil and ink which allows the freedom for both energetic mark making, and controlled physical movement. On closer inspection the surface of the paper bares the traces of constant reworking and rediscovery, a visual manifestation of energy.
The variety of marks suggests the tension between restraint, disruption and impermanence.
These works convey the pleasure and value in the parallel connections that Ludovic feels when swimming alongside others in the structured environment of the municipal pool, and while moving on land and sea within varied coastal habitats.
His art has arisen from an intense need for, and an appreciation of the richly sensuous fleeting impressions of such moments of coexistence, worlds of constant motion, and togetherness without the need for verbal communication.
As well as a feeling of exhilaration these works were born of an appreciation of our reliance on nature, and our vulnerability as a small part of the natural world.
“Held by water, glimpsing fleetingly, the elegance of bodies of all kinds reborn in chlorinated liquid, gliding, twisting flitting seamlessly between the differing layers of refracted light. Head plunged beneath the surface, goggle clad eyes, the heady rush of cold salt water, rock, algae and small pebbles, alive.“