Habit-form­ing art

Street art and graf­fiti pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

A for­mer chef is us­ing art to re­cover from brain surgery and is pre­par­ing to open his first art ex­hi­bi­tion in Cromwell this week­end. Fran­ics Lind, 33, had been pre­par­ing to open the ex­hi­bi­tion, dubbed Habit, in Bun­bury, Western Aus­tralia, at the Bun­bury Re­gional Art Gallery in Fe­bru­ary. But he was forced to re­turn to New Zealand with his part­ner Am­ber and their two daugh­ters Soraya, 8, and Ayla, 3, in Jan­uary af­ter his health de­te­ri­o­rated. He and Am­ber had been liv­ing in Aus­tralia for about four years and two years ago he un­der­went brain surgery. Dur­ing his re­cov­ery from surgery Mr Lind was told by his doc­tors to do as many ac­tiv­i­ties as he could with his hands. It was dur­ing that time Mr Lind

was able to spend more time cre­at­ing art. Mr Lind said he started his artis­tic ca­reer do­ing street art and graf­fiti dur­ing high school. ‘‘I like the idea of ev­ery­one be­ing able to see it. ‘‘It’s big, it’s bold and it’s fast,’’ he said. Com­par­ing his work from be­fore the surgery to now, Mr Lind said he was hap­pier with the work he was pro­duc­ing now as he was able to spend more time work­ing on par­tic­u­lar pieces. He usu­ally works with spray paint but has re­cently ex­panded to paint­ing por­traits of his fam­ily. It is hoped the ex­hi­bi­tion, which will run for a month, will at­tract a wide range of peo­ple. ‘‘It’s not tech­ni­cally spe­cial but I think it’s nice to look at,’’ Mr Lind said. His mother Sue had been a driv­ing force be­hind the ex­hi­bi­tion and most of the works which were des­tined to be shown in Bur­bury were shipped to New Zealand. Mr Lind was able to give the re­main­ing art­work to friends as a per­sonal gifts. Most of the work in the ex­hi­bi­tion, which will open at the OCTA Gallery and Work­shop on Satur­day, will be for sale.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627994452

Artis­tic ther­apy: Cromwell man Fran­ics Lind stands among some of his graf­fiti-style art. Mr Lind is pre­par­ing to open an ex­hi­bi­tion, Habit, at the OCTA Gallery and Work­shop in Old Cromwell Town this week­end.

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