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Profiles - Tony Fomison Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981 Documentary Arts/Culture

Profiles - Tony Fomison

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981 Documentary Arts/Culture

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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.

Key Cast & Crew

Bruce Morrison

Director

Guy Phillips

Sound

Barry Harbert

Camera

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

Produced by

Anson Associates

Acknowledgements

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