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I Am a Ghost Movie Poster Project

Here's something very exciting I finally feel like I can share! I was commissioned to illustrate a movie poster for an upcoming film called ‘I Am a Ghost,” developed by Tetsuki Ijichi for Rain [...]

Modern Japanese Culture for Beginners

You can read the original article here on the Ikigai Connections website... When Kasia asked me to write for Ikigai Connections, specifically for the Senpai Success Stories, I felt humbled and honored by [...]

Watch Michael on The Polymath Podcast with Dustin Miller

Michael was featured as a guest the on the season three opener of the Polymath Podcast with Dustin Miller. They talk about the book "Manifestos, Reinventions and Declarations," the constant struggle to find inspiration, and [...]

Life in Purgatory: A New Short Film

This was really just supposed to be a two minute clip for the The Roger Corman Quarantine Film Festival but it turned into this whole thing. We shot it over a weekend, edited and [...]

New Digital Character Illustrations

I’ve been working in digital illustration since 2019. Namely, I started with a Samsung TabA Tablet and the Adonit Dash 3 stylus. Now I’m working with an iPad along with the Apple Pencil, utilizing programs [...]

“I Feel Loved” at the Blackstone Hotel

Happy 2019 everyone. In case you happen to be in downtown Chicago, I invite you to check out my painting, as well as a selection of artists from The Elephant Room Gallery, at the [...]

Latest Work: 2018 Series “Bloodletting”

Here are a few samples from the latest series of paintings and illustrations by Michael. In Voyage Chicago Magazine, Michael discusses the project. "These days, I’m focusing on the characters within the painting, taking [...]

New York in November / Photo Gallery

This was just one of those things, Jaime and I had an art show outside of New York. We've been to Paris, London, pretty much everywhere except New York City. It was [...]

Pet Portraits

All About Pet Portraits Artist Jaime Foster drives the Pet Project with her unique pet portraits. Visit her site by clicking below. VISIT JAIME FOSTER'S WEBSITE Michael also does them as well... "As [...]

Painting Donation for the 8th Annual Lunar Ball

I was thrilled foe the opportunity to donate a painting for an auction at the 8th Annual Lunar Ball on Saturday, March 12thMore than six hundred attendees filled the Chicago History Museum for the largest [...]

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Michael Does Breakfast With Sergio, Talks About the New Book

In this episode, Sergio chats with artist and co-author of the book Manifestos Reinventions & Declarations, Michael Foster. The book is a commentary on this unprecedented moment in history. This is a book about Now. The New Now we’re living in and going through. We’re living in a time when a [...]

Life in Purgatory: A New Short Film

This was really just supposed to be a two minute clip for the The Roger Corman Quarantine Film Festival but it turned into this whole thing. We shot it over a weekend, edited and reworked it some more... a few pick up shots here and there, and boom... a short film. [...]

Japan America Society of Chicago Annual Holiday Fundraiser Painting

I'll be attending the 33rd Annual Holiday Fundraiser for the Japan America Society of Chicago, and I'll be donating a brand new painting "Amongst the Cherry Blossoms" for the Silent Auction. I hope to see you there! The Japan America Society of Chicago promotes dialogue, social interaction, cooperation and friendship among [...]

New Digital Character Illustrations

I’ve been working in digital illustration since 2019. Namely, I started with a Samsung TabA Tablet and the Adonit Dash 3 stylus. Now I’m working with an iPad along with the Apple Pencil, utilizing programs such as Autodesk Sketchbook and ArtFlow. (I have to admit the undo button is something that, after [...]

“I Feel Loved” at the Blackstone Hotel

Happy 2019 everyone. In case you happen to be in downtown Chicago, I invite you to check out my painting, as well as a selection of artists from The Elephant Room Gallery, at the Blackstone Hotel. The painting will be on display until the second week of July. I'd like to [...]

Latest Work: 2018 Series “Bloodletting”

Here are a few samples from the latest series of paintings and illustrations by Michael. In Voyage Chicago Magazine, Michael discusses the project. "These days, I’m focusing on the characters within the painting, taking some advice from Kimberly Atwood, owner of the Elephant Room Gallery in Chicago. In my previous works, [...]

Voyage Chicago Article: Check out Michael Foster’s Artwork

Michael was recently featured in Voyage Chicago. "Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Foster. Michael, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist. When I was in second grade, our classroom assignment was to draw [...]

New York in November / Photo Gallery

This was just one of those things, Jaime and I had an art show outside of New York. We've been to Paris, London, pretty much everywhere except New York City. It was a long overdue trip and as enjoyable as one could imagine. You can't help but to take [...]

Art Expo Opening Night Party at the River Town Film Festival

On Friday November 10th we were delighted to have our artwork featured of the Art Expo Opening Night Party for the 1st annual River Town Film Festival. The inaugural River Town Film Festival & Art Expo takes took place on November 10-12 at The Red Mill, a historical landmark [...]

Pet Portraits

All About Pet Portraits Artist Jaime Foster drives the Pet Project with her unique pet portraits. Visit her site by clicking below. VISIT JAIME FOSTER'S WEBSITE Michael also does them as well... "As I'm not just creating a standard run-of-the-mill pet portrait, but one of my signature abstract modern art paintings [...]

Michael’s in Wirehouse Co Art Show Series #7: Struggle

Wirehouse Co. decided to throw another gallery event for their seventh series and landed on the theme STRUGGLE for the night. We welcomed the biggest number of artists we had ever featured- a whopping 11 visual artists! We held the event at Homiey in Humboldt Park and had an [...]

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Chicago Comic Con : Reinventing Pop Culture as a Visual Language

Some say the American Empire is folding, others say it is just beginning. Regardless of your position, one cannot deny the cultural impact America currently has upon the world. With the advent of mass media in the 20th century, the stage has been set for a new cultural revolution led by the United States. Presented here is the first 20 minutes of the lecture.

PechaKucha 20×20: Reinventing Perceived Value, Space, and Time Through Modern Art

From prehistoric cave paintings to Jackson Pollack, art emotionally defines a society. Sadly, we tend to devalue art because it does not directly fulfill basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. Artist and designer Michael Foster discusses how viewing modern art will confront someone with socially acquired patterns of feelings, thoughts, and actions—in a fairly safe environment. And he will demonstrate the secrets and motivations behind his own work.


The Reinvention Project: Articles and Essays on Technology

For several years, Michael Foster and Russell C. Smith wrote for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today about the rapid pace of technology and society. Living in the Age of Reinvention is a project aimed at the minds and hearts of everyone who is determined as never before to change their lives and become a participant in the new world of reinvention, The Reinvention Project incorporates stories, speculations and theories on current world events, twentieth and twenty-first century mass media, current social media and business trends, ancient cultures and myths, the Singularity, art and culture, discoveries in particle physics, and studies in human psychology and how we interact with new technology and the web. You can view the entire body of work on this website.