VINTAGE TRACTOR ARTIST
Most of the source material,
sketches and photos, for these vintage tractor paintings, is taken
from my collection of photographs taken while visiting vintage tractor
ploughing matches, in various parts of England. The annual vintage
tractor event calendar is avidly followed by enthusiasts, this artist
being no exception. Vintage Tractors are an expression of our rural
heritage, man and machine working together in harmony with the seasons.
Through my vintage tractor paintings I try to convey the sounds, smells
and raw emotion of half a century ago. Vintage tractor enthusiasts,
worldwide, are collectors of this new and very popular art form. No
longer just a poster to stick on the workshop wall, but a work of
art to hang in pride of place, representing the vintage tractor enthusiast's
favourite passion. If you have yet to start your collection, you should
consider a Forster vintage tractor print - make out your birthday
wish list and put one at the top.
Happy birthday - best wishes from Tony Forster.
Still in North Staffordshire UK.
Will be living in California
by early 2013
PS. Enquire about your own commission, most of the originals you'll
see in the picture gallery are hanging on the walls of real enthusiasts
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A selective look at the work of an artist, whose attraction to the
agricultural machinery of yesteryear is so graphically apparent
in the pictures exhibited here, one could be excused for thinking
that he must work with the machines he so obviously loves to paint.
The style, application and attention to detail that can be found
in all of these images, make it easy to understand why this artist's
Vintage Tractor paintings are so eagerly collected throughout the
UK and abroad.
An extensive variety of Forster's original work, including, typically,
Land Rovers; Vintage Tractors; heavy horses; collie dogs;
retrievers and traditional rural scenes can be seen by appointment
at the galleries of Hood and Broomfield Fine Art, the Staffordshire
art dealers and publishers. 29 Albert street,
The artist's agents, John Hood and Gordon Broomfield, can
be contacted at;
29 Albert Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Tel: 01782 626859
acclaimed British artist Anthony Forster was born in 1941,
in the North Staffordshire Potteries between the moorlands and the
smoke laden skies of the bustling six towns that form the Potteries.
In the 1950's attending the Staffordshire Junior Art school "Portland
House" and from there on to Burslem College of Art in Queen street.
until 1967, he worked as a premiere ceramic artist in the prestigious
Flambe department at Royal Doulton, Burslem, experiencing the giant
pottery industry firsthand. An active member of the Royal Doulton
Art Society, for several years, Forster exhibited in the Society's
annual exhibition - often as a prizewinner.
From 1967 to 1977 he was a draughtsman honing his artistic skills
with the accurate drawing required in the drawing offices of industrial
giant GEC as a layout draughtsman and technical illustrator.
September 1984, his first major one-man exhibition was staged, It
was opened by Sir Richard Bailey CBE, then chairman of Royal Doulton,
at the gallery of Hood and Broomfield in Newcastle under Lyme.
One of England's foremost narrative artists, he has never lost his
love for the county of his birth, he still lives and works in his
Staffordshire studio in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
impressive body of work includes the scenes of the Staffordshire towns,
the Potteries, also the moorlands and the beautiful, ever-changing
countryside that links them. From windswept moors to rolling pastures,
his paintings delightfully convey Staffordshire's infinite charm and
surprise, evoking the simplicity of rural life and the bustle of the
1984 working closely with his agents/publishers Hood and Broomfield,
Forster has produced hundreds of paintings. Many of these images being
published as Limited Edition Prints
reached thousands of satisfied collectors of his work all over the
1989 and 1994 Royal Doulton commissioned twelve paintings, comprising
three series, each containing four works. The first four plates were
produced in 1989 under the series title "Village Life". These were
so well received by collectors, that in response to popular demand
a further four plates were introduced in 1993.
theme was developed and the following year saw the introduction of
another set of four, equally delightful, plates with the new series
title of "Farmyard Companions", adding to an ever increasing range
of collectable representations of Forster's work on china.
These last four were also published by Hood and Broomfield, introducing
their "Signet" series of fine art prints.
book by Michael Doulton ... "Discovering Royal Doulton" shows the
2nd. set of four plates, and comments on the long-standing association
that Forster has had with the firm, having at one time
been an artist in the prestigious and world famous "Flambe" department
at the Nile Street works
in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.