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New Zealand experimental film-maker Martin Rumsby captured this Super 8 footage of Tony Fomison at work, which is presented for the first time in Lost in the Dark.
“After studying Art History for several years I found that I had more questions than answers and so sought out a number of New Zealand artists in person to help clarify my thoughts.
“Tony was one of these artists and he was extremely generous with his time and, in a way, mentored me, as he did with many other young and aspiring artists. We had a rich and valued friendship which shaped my thoughts and perceptions of art and artists.
“Tony taught me a lot in regards to my interests in art and anthropology, which he would have called inter-generational and inter-cultural communication.
“He was quite ambivalent about the School of Paris and its modernist descendants, although I believe that an argument could be made for Tony’s work on modernist and post-modernist grounds. An exercise that Tony would have had little time for. Tony believed instead in the pictorial and narrative functions of painting as a traditional means of communication. This also tied in quite closely with his belief in and adherence to the social role of the artist.”