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Andrew Blythe Exhibits at Tim Melville Gallery 19 June – 7 July 2012

In his first solo exhibition at Tim Melville Gallery  Andrew Blythe presents works on paper made between 2003 and 2012.

Blythe’s ability to ‘bring line to life’ gives his paintings a unique rhythm and energy, their combinations of short repeated words and drifts of gestural marks leading the eye in search of visual patterns and systems. The artist himself has described his work as being about “energy flows and rhythms”, that he strives to “achieve harmony”, and that he wants his painting to be “pure, with no interference”.

A turbulent adolescence in the 1970’s saw Blythe in and out of hospital as well as occasionally living rough on the streets of Auckland. During this time he painted, drew and wrote poetry as a cathartic expression of his experience. Today he is supported by the Toi Ora Live Art Trust, a community arts centre providing studio space and tuition for people who have experienced mental illness.

Since his first solo show in 2008 Andrew Blythe’s national and international recognition has grown. A Paris show in 2009 was followed by a presentation at the New York Outsider Art Fair in 2011.

His work can currently be seen in “Local Knowledge” at the MADMusée in Liege, Belgium.

5 Upcoming Art Exhibitions

Summer may officially be over but we have some INDIAN SUMMER dates for your art diary.

1.  Andrew Blythe and James King in “Creative Species” at ROAR! Gallery, Wellington – Thursday 1 March to Thursday 31 March 2012

Andrew Blythe and James King fly Toi Ora’s colours in this group exhibition of vibrant, fresh and exciting art being made in creative spaces around Aotearoa.

Opening night is tonight, 5:30pm-7:00pm at ROAR! Gallery, Corner of Vivian and Victoria Streets, Wellington – www.pablosart.org.nz.

2. James King in “What’s On Your Plate?” at Papakura Art Gallery, Papakura – Saturday 3 March to Saturday 7 April 2012

A group exhibition where James King joins Amy Mackinnon, Eileen Leung, Fuyuko Akiyoshi, Matthew Crookes, Richard Orjis and other artists as they explore the idea of a plate as a metaphor for the act of sharing. What’s On Your Plate? will run alongside another group exhibition, Colour of Distance.  The curators of What’s On Your Plate? are ReThink Grant recipients.

Both exhibitions will open on Saturday 3 March at 10:30am, at Papakura Art Gallery, 10 Averill Street, Papakura.

PAPAKURA BONUS:  Toi Ora Express to perform at Papakura Art Gallery – Thursday 8 March 2012

You read it here first:  our in-house band, Toi Ora Express, will be performing at the Papakura Art Gallery on Thursday 8 March from 12:30pm to 1:15pm.  This performance is in conjunction with the What’s On Your Plate? exhibition.

The Express is an eclectic collective of singers and musicians that meet weekly at Toi Ora to play together and support each other.  This free performance includes a range of acoustically-driven rock, country and folk music certain to add a smile to your day.

3. Andrew Blythe solo exhibition “New Works” at Corban Estate Art Centre, Henderson – Friday 9 March to Sunday 15 April 2012

New Works sees Andrew Blythe use his brush as a means of communication, using marks, words and colours as an expressive language. New Works will run alongside solo exhibitions by Arie Hellendoorn and Shelley SimpsonRicha.

The solo exhibitions will have a joint opening on Thursday 8 March at 6:00pm, at Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Road, Henderson.

4. Richard McConnochie and Chris Leavins showcase in “Paintings” at Toi Ora Art Gallery, Grey Lynn – Tuesday 13 March to Friday 30 March 2012

Paintings sees Toi Ora painters Richard McConnochie and Chris Leavins showcase their works.

Opens on Tuesday 13 March at 5:00pm, at Toi Ora Art Gallery, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

5.  Andrew Blythe solo exhibition “Recent Work” at Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney – Saturday 3 March to Saturday 31 March 2012

Andrew Blythe’s work travels across the Tasman where his works’ sense of landscape leave an impression on the intellect rather than the eyes.  Recent Work is presented in association with Tim Melville Gallery – www.timmelville.com.

Opens on Saturday 3 March at 4:00pm, at Darren Knight Gallery, 840 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo NSW 2017, Sydney, Australia – www.darrenknightgallery.com.