Robert Foster trained in traditional silversmithing at the Canberra School of Art in Australia, and has successfully worked as a designer and maker of unique functional objects for the past twenty one years.
The Australian National University (ANU) has honoured Robert Foster of F!NK+Co by naming him the 2015 ANU Alumnus of the Year for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In its third year, the ANU Alumni Awards celebrate outstanding alumni and their achievements since graduation.
Foster's craftsmanship is deeply rooted in a highly developed sense of aesthetics and technical proficiency. Foster works predominantly in hollowware, sculptural lighting, and furniture, and his work is held by all of the major institutions in Australia including collections at the Australian National Gallery and the Australian Parliament House. In addition, he has had significant exposure overseas with several major exhibitions in Germany.
He also has pieces in notable overseas collections such as the Victoria Albert Museum in London and the 'Museum fur Kunst' and 'Gewerbe' in Germany, as well as in several international private collections. Foster brings to his work the combination of the natural inquisitiveness of an engineer with the creativity of a designer. Working primarily with aluminium, titanium and stainless steel, he combines such untraditional alloys with other materials as diverse as plastics, stone, ceramics and glass. "It is crucial to educate the Australian and international public about the value of outstanding design and high quality products." -Robert Foster