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How former architect technician David Foster is 'nailing it' in the art world
DAVID Foster has been busy ‘hammering out’ a creative form of therapy after being forced to give up his job due to ill health.
Suffering with the pain of inoperable back and muscle problems, the former architect technician from St Helens turned his skilled and steady hand to a new world of creativity.
After spending several years doing ink-pen drawings and wondering what the next step in his life would be, the 51-year old took his hobby even further and managed to hit the nail on the head with his new experimental artwork.
David said: “I’d spent years doing art just as a way of staying occupied while suffering with my illness. When I realised I wanted to go further with it, I knew I had to find a way of being unique.
“I thought to break into the art world in later life, I needed to do something different. Ink pen drawings are fine but won’t get you noticed so I experimented with various ways of recreating my drawings with different materials.”
David – who now lives in Warrington – began to work with nails and boards to create images. Putting his artistic eye alongside his steady hand, the father-of-one produced one of his first pieces, ‘Liver Building Nailed’.
Pleased with the outcome of the piece, David started to try out work of different sizes and subjects. With everything from nature and architecture to sporting heroes and movie icons, his work became more advanced and visually stunning.
Entering an early piece entitled ‘Lashes and Nails’ to a contemporary open art contest last year, hopes weren’t high for David who considered himself an amateur.
He said: “There were lots of wonderful artworks on show so I never thought I could actually win. When I was announced as first prize winner, I was stunned. My wife was in tears – I think she was happy to see me being rewarded for the work she had seen me put in whilst still ill.”
The prize came as even more of a shock for David who was told he would have a full exhibition of his work.
Having only a handful of completed pieces at the time, the past year has seen the former Haydock resident devote hundreds of hours and thousands of nails to building the exhibition portfolio.
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