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Tony's art fusion

14 Nov 2017

Using repurposed demolition timber, Resene testpots and talent to create stunning artwork, Tony Harrington has carved a name for himself in the New Zealand art scene.

The Hawke's Bay artist has a passion for working with his hands, which has led him to work primarily with wood rather than paper. With wood as canvas, he combines Maori and Pakeha cultures, creating art that depicts a nostalgic and truly local perspective.

'Mean As' by Tony Harrington, made using recycled timber and Resene paint. 

Tony draws inspiration from many sources, including a keen interest in typography – you'll often see words from pop culture and songs included in his art. He also uses Resene paint to add layers of beautiful and intricate patterns and images. 

“I always use Resene paints because of the very broad spectrum of colours that are readily available,” he explains.

“Over the years I have experimented with various paints, mixing and trying new colourways – these days I prefer to go straight down to my local Resene store and pick out the exact colour I need, no fuss, and get straight into creating.”

'Kapai' by Tony Harrington, another artwork made using Resene paint.

Although Tony's love of art started young, it wasn't until after some years of travelling and working that he enrolled at the Eastern Institute of Technology. He studied a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design majoring in 3D design and furniture design, and graduated in 2004.

Fast forward to today, and Tony's work can be viewed in a number of galleries throughout New Zealand, including The Poi Room, Moko Artspace, Kura Gallery, and A+E Gallery. His own studio, The View Room at 186 Kennedy Road, Napier, is available to visit by appointment. Visit

Pictures by Tim Whittaker. Words by Vic Bibby. 

Published: 14 Nov 2017