(Above: Artist Ken Foster, self-portrait. Source: Vimeo screenshot)
Ken Foster, a brilliant but troubled Vancouver street artist, is the subject of a documentary now available online.
Filmmaker Josh Laner followed Foster, aka Vancouver’s Vincent Van Gogh, for 18 months around the city’s gritty downtown Gastown neighborhood. He presents Foster painting beautiful iconic cityscapes in record speed, then selling them on the streets to pay for the crack he uses to try to keep his schizophrenia in check.
When Foster enters Vancouver’s Art Battle competition, the film reveals “a gut-wrenching portrait of a man caught in conflict between ambition, ego and the desperation of needing his next fix.”
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