Artist’s quirky char­ac­ters shown

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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.

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