Tony Fomison

The Hand (Study of a hand)

The Hand (Study of a hand) by Tony Fomison

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This image is both a gesture of protest and a homage to forensic photography. It is both a waved greeting and a gesture of warning. By using equivocal gestures, Fomison creates paintings that expose different psychological states. This is a hand that gesticulates in defiance, while surrendering itself to something that is stronger.

‘I am very committed to painting and therefore, very prejudiced! I believe that vision is everything, but that despite the large population today, its is probably as rare as ever. And I don’t mean optical vision, I mean the narrated, imagined vision of the visionary.’ Tony Fomison (Self and Other, 2003)

The Hand (Study of a hand)
Production date
oil on hessian on board
840 x 580 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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