Mastering the art of renewal
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.