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Born in New Zealand, Troy Francois Carney was inspired at an early age by an exotic life of travel through Asia and the South Pacific. His mother is a fine artist, and his step father a professional surfer and surfboard shaper. As a family they traveled in pursuit of surf and artistic endeavors. Troy's aspirations were shaped by the beauty and artistry of the diverse cultures of Bali and Indonesia, Asia, and Polynesia. In 1979 his family fell in love with Kauai, Hawaii, where Troy attended high school. He finished his education at Mount Maunganui College, NZ, where he received the Ranui Memorial Award for excellence in art, a prestigious Maori organization acknowledgement. The Maori and polynesian cultures ignited Troy's creativity and have motivated his work ever since.
After living in Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Troy settled in Kauai in 1992. Troy's skilled artistry airbrushing surfboards gained him recognition throughout the Islands, being extensively published in industry magazines and featured in many movies. His early exposure to the textiles craft in Indonesia led him to become the art director for Fusion Hawaii and Indah, both island based clothing companies. Troy also gained expertise in finish carpentry, which began as an effort to help rebuild Kauai after hurricane Iniki, but evolved into yet another art form.
Troy integrates all of his experience into an unique process he has used since 2004. Using Japanese knives, his technique involves hand cutting 1-36 layers of texture on wood resulting in a bas-relief that is gilded with 12k-24k genuine gold and finished with traditional oils and rich glazes. His romantically realistic style features exotic elements and sacred symbology.
This one of a kind technique is gaining Troy quite a reputation in the art world. In 2011 Troy was selected as the featured artist for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu. The original sold immediately at the accompanying Surf art show at Wyland Gallery in Haleiwa, and Troy's originals have been in high demand ever since.
• Traveled extensively at a young age throughout Indonesia, Asia and Polynesia
• Raised by an artist and a pro surfer
• Attended high school on Kauai, Hawaii
• Received Ranui Memorial Award for Excellence in Art from Mount Maunganui College, NZ
• Recognized Surfboard Airbrusher
• Art Director for Inda and Fusion Hawaii clothing companies
• Currently known for creating a unique technique of oil painting using bas-relief and gold leaf since 2004
• Featured artist for the 2011 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing