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Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark
Tony Fomison: E ngaro ana i te pōuri

An exhibition of Tony Fomison’s paintings, featuring monsters, misfits, and medical deformities that explores what it means to be an outsider.

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In the late 1960s, dark things began to emerge from Tony Fomison’s paintings. His monsters, misfits, and medical deformities challenged polite society, and explored what it means to be an outsider.

This was a particularly troubled period in Fomison’s life. He had just returned to Christchurch from travels in Europe and was broke, grappling with drug addiction, and cynical about society.

Yet the humanity of his grotesque paintings resonated profoundly with many – making him one of the most important New Zealand painters of his generation.

Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark is a collaboration between Wellington High School students and Te Papa. 

Students workshopped the theme of ‘otherness’ in Fomison’s work, which helped shape our creative approach.

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I ngā tau tōmuri o ngā ono tekau, i hua ake ētahi āhuatanga hākerekere i ngā kōwaiwai a Tony Fomison. I wero āna taniwha, āna weriweri me āna tauira hape i te āhua o te hapori, ā, i whakaahua hoki i te ao o te rāwaho.

He wāhanga taumaha tēnei o tana oranga. Kātahi anō ia ka hoki mai ki Ōtautahi i āna haerenga i Ūropi me te aha i pōhara ia, i raru ia i te wara whakapōauau, ā, i anipā ia ki te āhua o te hapori.

Ahakoa tērā, tokomaha ngā tāngata i whai hononga kaha ki āna kōwaiwai rerekē – nā konā i mōhiotia ai ia hei kaitā rongonui o tōna reanga nō Aotearoa.

Tony Fomison: He kaupapa a E ngaro ana i te Pōuri i mahi tahi ai i waenganui i ngā ākonga o Te Kura Tuarua o Taraika ki Pukeahu me Te Papa.

I āta matapakia ngā ākonga i te kaupapa o te ‘rerekētanga’ i ngā mahi a Fomison, nā konā ka hua mai ngā tikanga wairua auaha.

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Caption

Tony Fomison, Hill top watcher, 1976, oil on canvas. On loan from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhatū

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