Artist’s quirky characters shown
After a few decades as a potter and a fanatical gardener, even a couple of years as an ostrich farmer, Chloe King set herself up as a painter, which to her at the time seemed like a much easier option.
By 2010 her style had evolved from larger-thanlife photo-realism to the simplified characters she now prefers, quirky people images guaranteed to bring a smile to the viewer.
Chloe says, “I hope that the figures in my pictures are universal enough that anyone could picture themselves and their friends as the characters within my paintings.”
Over the years she has won several awards, most recently her painting of brass band players which won second prize in the Professional Section of the Royal Easter Show in Auckland. Her work has been well received in CHB with an earlier mini exhibition at Electra, followed by work throughout the years. Chloe has successfully entered work at The Art Extravaganza, part of the annual CHB The Festival event held at Pukeora Estate. At this year’s festival in September, she will be an artist in residence for the third time, something she says she really enjoys, getting lots of good feedback and interaction. ■ The exhibition of paintings by Chloe King is on display until June 23 at Electra Gallery, Ruataniwha St, Waipukurau. Ph 858 8388 for information.
Charleston Chics, by award-winning painter Chloe King.