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Profiles - Tony Fomison

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981

Tony Fomison, one of NZ’s leading painters, is profiled in this 1981 episode of a series about notable artists, made for TVNZ. Interviewed by Hamish Keith, Fomison is an engaging but diffident subject — describing his often dark, brooding works as “illustrations of dreams”, but also ascribing human emotions to them. His powerful attraction to Pacific cultures is explored; it culminated in this Pākehā son of a working-class Christchurch family getting a pe’a (the traditional Samoan body tattoo). Tony Fomison died in 1990.

You’ve got to maintain your objective viewpoint in the midst of a mucky, emotional thing like painting. You can leave the mucky emotions to the people looking at it, once it’s finished.
– Tony Fomison

Key Cast & Crew

Bruce Morrison

Director

Guy Phillips

Sound

Barry Harbert

Camera

Hamish Keith

Reporter

Keith Ballantyne

Composer

Melanie Rodriga (née Read)

Editor

Produced by

Anson Associates

Acknowledgements

Made in association with Television New Zealand and Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council.