Mas­ter­ing the art of re­newal

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A pair of out­sider artists speak about con­quer­ing their de­mons and chan­nelling en­ergy into art­work this weekend.

The cur­rent Two Kings ex­hi­bi­tion at Toi Ora Live Arts Trust fea­tures new works from James King and Toby King – no re­la­tion . The pair are not re­lated but work col­lab­o­ra­tively as col­leagues.

Toi Ora is a cre­ative space in Grey Lynn that caters to peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues.

The two men use the trust stu­dio to pro­duce art from a per­sonal per­spec­tive that por­trays their own ex­pe­ri­ences and tran­si­tions, man­ager Er­win Van As­beck says.

‘‘They also ap­pre­ci­ate that the viewer will seek their own mean­ing when ad­dress­ing the work,’’ he says.

James pro­duces mixed me­dia im­ages that have evolved from larger pieces to smaller tex­tu­ral works on fab­ric – con­nect­ing with the no­tion of re­newal.

The ab­stract works fea­ture Maori mo­tifs link­ing to his an­ces­try and in­clude so­cial com­men­tary about the fem­i­nine and the mas­cu­line. Toby’s im­agery is in­formed by sur­re­al­ism.

He works mostly with the fig­ure and fo­cuses on per­sonal iden­tity and re­la­tion­ships within the paint­ing.

Bold work: Un­ti­tled, mixed me­dia piece by James King.

Sur­real sky: Me­ta­trons Night Scape, acrylic on card by Toby King. 2pm, at Toi Ora Live Arts Trust, 6 Pu­tiki St, Grey Lynn. The artists’ talk is on Novem­ber 23 from 11am at the trust gallery.

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