Street art and graffiti provide inspiration
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.
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.