Leaving Summer Beach Walking in Australia for Winter Gallery Hopping in New York

Essay by Luke Foster

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”


This opening quote kind of sums up the kind of art I make when I do international travel once a year for a month.

I am excited about leaving for New York in a fortnight but it’s strange to be leaving my morning two-hour summer beach walks in Australia for cold New York. However, I wish I could have the best of both worlds and walk on the beach here in the morning and then go to the Whitney or Guggenheim in the afternoon.

“One belongs to New York instantly one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

Thomas Wolfe

I have a whole box of art materials that I am bringing with me.

I am not sure what I shall eat this time. Last time I was in Brooklyn two years ago I was living on cream cheese bagels and juice and coffees from the nearby corner deli to my backpackers. However, since then I have become lactose intolerant so maybe shall have bagel without the cheese and maybe with onion.

This time I have booked to see a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden and a Broadway show: The Moulin Rouge.

In conclusion I hope to draw and write essays a lot in New York and visit galleries. It takes a while to negotiate the subway at first but once you do Brooklyn is quite close by train to Manhattan.

The Knicks
The Moulin Rouge Broadway Show
Grant wood American Gothic at the Whitney