‘Excessive tourism can destroy a place’: artist Tony Foster on the rush to the countryside

‘Excessive tourism can destroy a place’: artist Tony Foster on the rush to the countryside

The painter expresses sadness at how social media, Covid and new buildings have made it a challenge to find places to create art

The far south-west of Britain has long been regarded as a wild and romantic spot, a place where you can lose yourself in rugged landscapes beloved of artists and dreamers.

But a renowned Cornish-based artist celebrated for his images of the world’s great wildernesses has expressed sadness and frustration that social media, new building and the rush to the countryside caused by Covid has made it a challenge to find remote, lonesome places in his backyard to paint.

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