Aloha and welcome to the website of one of Hawaii’s most unique artists. The Triple Crown of Surfing artist Troy Carney has developed a totally new technique that involves the building of a multi-dimensional surface, which is later gilded in genuine gold and pigment rich oils.
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 acknowledgment. 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 back on 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 12-36 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.