Tony Fomison

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1939, d.1990

Tarawera Eruption

For the exhibition Painters As Printmakers (19 October 2007 - 20 January 2008) this work appeared with this label:

Tony Fomison was a highly accomplished painter and draughtsman, and it was these skills that he brought to bear in his body of lithographs produced in the mid 1980s. Fomison enjoyed working with lithography, particularly the immediacy of the drawn mark and the grainy texture of the stones on which he drew directly. He often incorporated the darkly evocative, dreamlike subjects found in his paintings into his lithographs, which in turn came to influence his late period paintings. In the late 1980s, not long before his death, he commented that his lithographs had had a direct effect on his painting.

While Fomison had dabbled with lithography in the early 1970s, he never really incorporated the medium into his work until the mid 1980s. Between 1984 and 1986 he worked intensively with Muka Studio, producing over fifty lithographs – a remarkable body of work to emerge over such a short period.