Tony grew up in Nelson and moved to Wellington to study Visual Communication and
Design in the 1980s. Since then he has been working in the creative industries, mainly as a
Graphic Designer. He established Downing Creative Marketing in the 1990s and still
continues to lead this business today. He feels very privileged to be able to do creative work
every day. “Creativity is at the core of everything we do, it’s what drives us forward.”
Tony has been painting and drawing for his whole life. His earliest memories are of wanting
to be an artist when he grew up. Recently, Tony has been more public with his art, exhibiting
work in two local galleries. He enjoys exploring themes of spirituality and well-being.
Sometimes expressing overt storytelling and other times symbolic or abstract ideas. He
works in a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolour, charcoal and ink.