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Formally trained artist, Ken Foster, has spent more than two decades making and selling art on the mean streets in order to survive.
Formally trained artist, Ken Foster, has spent more than two decades making and selling art on the mean streets in order to survive.
Formally trained artist, Ken Foster, has spent more than two decades making and selling art on the mean streets in order to survive.
198 backers pledged CA$ 22,445 to help bring this project to life.

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"We believe that people crave something real, something with a story, and not something cookie cutter. Although Ken has trained formally, this man has honed his craft on the mean streets, painting to survive. What is more, his paintings are gritty and powerful and depict the city like no one else can. When you see a Ken Foster alleyway painting, you know it's coming from someone who has been there. It doesn’t get much more real than that."

-Sean Nosek, author

Ken Foster's Vancouver (The Coolest Coffee Table Book Ever) 

Ken Foster's Vancouver is a collaboration between myself (author/blogger Sean Nosek) and local legend Ken Foster, a painter who has spent more than two decades hocking his art on the street. Ken's story is as remarkable as it is heart wrenching, and his paintings - edgy and distorted and beautiful - capture the character of our city like no other artist before. 

We already have a book proposal from Granville Island Publishing but we need your help to cover the start-up costs. Specifically, the crowdsourced funds will cover: editing, proof reading, page design, cover design, laser typesetting output, ISBN, copyright, art transfer, binding, printing, and shipping. If we reach our target, the book will also have ongoing professional representation and distribution through Granville Island Publishing. Funds will also cover costs for Ken's art supplies, Kickstarter rewards, and, of course, the Kickstarter cut.

More About the Book

Our book will be printed in large format on high quality paper. It will include no less than 20 separate Ken Foster illustrations, each showcasing an aspect of Vancouver, accompanied by a very compelling narrative (Ken's story), photographs, quotes, and more.

Book Specs:

9.25" x 10.75"

Soft cover with 4"Flaps

64 pages

80lb paper

Cover: 12pt cover stock

Paintings reproduced in full colour

Perfect Binding

 

Ken doing his thing.
Ken doing his thing.

 

More about Sean and Ken

Many would consider ours to be an unlikely friendship. Ken lives in an area of Vancouver known as "The Downtown Eastside," a neighbourhood where the ravages of addiction and homelessness are perhaps the most severe in the country. It's a far cry from my home in the suburbs. I have never had to spend a night sleeping in an alley, for example, or my days trying to feed an addiction. Despite these differences, Ken and I maintain a friendship that revolves around many common interests. Most significantly, we both LOVE art. Less than a year separates us in age. We both grew up in the lower mainland and listened to the same music and watched the same movies. We have a similar sense of humour and share a strong, creative bond. We connect very much like old high school friends. This "collaborative project" has been discussed countless times over the years, and for both of us, the time is now. 

Sean and Ken
Sean and Ken

 

Finally

This book is sure to appeal to dreamers, poets, whiskey drinkers, romantics, hipsters, lovers, rebels, lost souls, and of course, art enthusiasts. Our sincere hope is that it will leave you feeling inspired and become a keepsake you will treasure. It will also make an excellent gift. 

At the very least, this book will be a wonderful conversation piece for years to come. It will serve as a reminder that art transcends, and that the creative impulse that burns inside the human spirit will not be extinguished - not by poverty, not by addiction, and not by mental illness.

And the best part is that by supporting this project, YOU become part of this amazing story. We hope you will consider backing our project and sharing the word with your friends. Remember, we need to hit our target to make this publishing deal happen!

Risks and challenges

This is a low risk project as we already have a detailed book proposal from a professional publisher that includes distribution and representation; however, it is possible that timelines may need to be adjusted to accommodate Ken's schedule and/or publishing demands.

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    Bronze Package

    An Original Ken Foster Designed Postcard signed by the artist. Small but collectible. Put it in a frame (or not) and be a part of this amazing story.

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    One Original Ken Foster designed poster signed by artist (approximate size 11" x 17").

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    One Copy of Ken Foster's Vancouver (The Coolest Coffee Table Book Ever) First Edition SIGNED BY ARTIST & AUTHOR and an official acknowledgment in the book (ie. your name in print)

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    One Copy of Ken Foster's Vancouver (The Coolest Coffee Table Book Ever) First Edition - SIGNED BY ARTIST & AUTHOR - AND an official acknowledgment in the book (ie. your name in print) PLUS the Postcard PLUS the Poster

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    Double Diamond Package

    One Copy of Ken Foster's Vancouver (The Coolest Coffee Table Book Ever) First Edition - SIGNED BY ARTIST & AUTHOR - AND an official acknowledgment in the book (ie. your name in print) - AND AN ORIGINAL KEN FOSTER PAINTING (approximate size 11" x 14")

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    FIVE COPIES of Ken Foster's Vancouver (The Coolest Coffee Table Book Ever) First Edition - SIGNED BY ARTIST & AUTHOR - AND an official acknowledgment in the book (ie. your name in print) - AND AN ORIGINAL KEN FOSTER PAINTING (approximate size 24" x 36")

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    Ultimate Package

    TWENTY COPIES of Ken Foster's Vancouver (The Coolest Coffee Table Book Ever) First Edition - SIGNED BY ARTIST & AUTHOR - AND an official acknowledgment in the book (ie. your name in print) - AND AN ORIGINAL KEN FOSTER PAINTING (approximate size 36" x 36") PLUS a meeting with Ken and Sean.

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    The "Tycoon" Package

    FIFTY COPIES of Ken Foster's Vancouver (The Coolest Coffee Table Book Ever) First Edition - SIGNED BY ARTIST & AUTHOR - AND YOUR NAME/COMPANY LISTED ON SPECIAL VELLUM INSERT PAGE WITH OFFICIAL THANK YOU FROM PUBLISHER - AND ONE ORIGINAL KEN FOSTER PAINTING (approximate canvas size 36" x 48") - PLUS a meeting with Ken and a dinner for you and a guest at a Vancouver restaurant with the author.

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