Artist Michael Foers’ work, inspired by nature and the effects of light on organic forms, resides in that realm between realism and the abstract. The bold use of colour highlights a sense of depth in his paintings and distinguishes his work from that of other artists.
Foers was born in Sheffield, England in 1954. He immigrated to Canada with his family as a child. Growing up in the splendor of the Canadian landscape, he began to paint the natural beauty that surrounded him. He worked for many years in the great North, accumulating a collection of visual images and sketches to which he would later return as a professional painter.
Michael spent many of his formative years working in Canada’s north as a trapper, prospector, and lumberjack. Always sketching in his spare time, he picked up a paintbrush one rainy day and discovered a passion that would change the rest of his life. Also being inspired in his early 20’s by the work of Tom Thomson, leader of Canada’s famous group of seven, he finally devoted himself to being an artist. He developed his own style, conscious that he should behold a child’s spontaneity and simplicity.
Now, after many years of painting, Michael’s artistic approach oscillates around sketching the limits of reality and colour while keeping a fresh spontaneous feel to his paintings.
Michael Foers’ works have been shown in several group and solo exhibits across Ontario, Quebec and in Washington, DC. They are also collected by both private and corporate collectors throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.