Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark
Saturday 28 October 2023 - Sunday 28 January 2024
An exhibition of Tony Fomison’s paintings; featuring monsters, misfits, and medical deformities which explore what it means to be an outsider.
In the late 1960s, dark things began to emerge from Tony Fomison’s paintings. 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.
Image credit: Malaria Victim, New Guinea, 1980, Tony Fomison, Collection of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand