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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: marine painting

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Duke of Edinburgh racing the Queen`s Dragon yacht D K192 "Blubottle" with Britannia in the background
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Following is the obituary of the artist, published January 8, 2012 in The Telegraph, London

Born in Bournemouth on March 4 1924, Deryck Arthur Foster learned to sail around Christchurch when he was a child. He was educated at The King’s School, Canterbury, and Bournemouth Technical College, where he studied Commercial Art. During the Second World War he served as a fitter in the RAF, repairing and testing engines in Lancaster bombers before being posted to India, where he worked on Liberators, Vultee Vigilants and Dakotas, and painted all the sets for the base theatre.

The war over, Foster went to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London and met Denise Chuter, the daughter of a BP executive. They married in 1949, and, needing to find work, Foster got a job with the film studio Gaumont British Animation while building his reputation as a marine artist with displays at the London Boat Shows.

In 1960 he and Denise moved to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, where Foster painted, sailed, fished and was a member of the lifeboat crew. He opened a small gallery on the quay at Yarmouth, and covered the yacht racing scene in the Solent from his fast Fairy Huntsman, selling his own local oil paintings during the summer and taking commissions from yachtsmen for large oil paintings during the winter.

He was elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 1964, and among his commissions were a painting of Ted Heath’s yacht Morning Cloud, and one of Bloodhound, the 1930s ocean racing yacht owned by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Examples of Foster’s work feature in the book 20th Century Marine Paintings by Denys Brook Hart.

In 1972 Foster was invited by the famous sailor “Shorty” Trimingham to exhibit his pictures in Bermuda to coincide with the Newport-Bermuda Ocean Yacht Race. The show was a great success, and in 1978 Foster and his wife went to live in Bermuda, where he would spend eight years producing paintings that constituted a record of the island’s maritime history.  These pictures are now in the collection of the Bank of Bermuda, most of them on display at the Bermuda National Museum.

After leaving Bermuda, Foster and his wife spent 11 years living at Puerto Pollensa in the north of Majorca, from where he supplied American galleries with historical marine paintings.
In 1998 they moved to Uppingham, in Rutland, where, drawing on his extensive knowledge of 18th- and 19th-century shipbuilding, Foster constructed detailed scale model ships from natural materials. His models were accurate to the last detail, and made use of copies of working drawings he obtained from Greenwich Maritime Museum. Several of his models are now in private collections.

Deryck Foster’s wife survives him with their two daughters.


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