In this session, author Sean Nosek will explain how his desire for a unique and interesting piece of art set him on a most extraordinary adventure. Sean wandered the streets of the DTES and Gastown for months searching for the elusive, drug addicted artist, Ken Foster. What followed was a remarkable friendship, a successful Kickstarter campaign, a book launch, and a lesson in life, humanity, and the transcendent power of art. Sean will discuss the significance of Foster’s work and offer an insight into the creative life and mind of this legendary local figure. With a little luck, Ken Foster will also be making an appearance.
Copies of Ken Foster’s Vancouver: Life, Art and Alleyways will be available for purchase after the Artist Talk, and Sean Nosek will be available to sign copies and answer questions.
Sean Nosek has an affinity for back alleys, book stores, and vintage shops. His bestselling book Ken Foster’s Vancouver: Life, Art and Alleyways (Granville Island Publishing) was released in 2018. A former English teacher and TEDx speaker, Sean is currently Assistant Superintendent for West Vancouver Schools. He is inspired by great works and great ideas, and believes wholeheartedly in the creative life. His blog, Zen for a Crazy World, has received international attention.
Ken Foster is a Vancouver artist who has spent more than two decades hawking his art on the street in order to survive. Best known for producing work on found material, Ken paints the skylines, cityscapes, and alleyways of Vancouver with an edgy, anti-establishment aesthetic that is gritty and compelling. Formally trained, Ken has had his work appear in a Rolling Stones music video and a Jackie Chan movie. His art can be found in collections around the city and the world. He is also the subject of the documentary film Ken Foster, by Josh Laner.