Big tribute to late artist

18:36, Mar 21 2011
Phil Jones
PAINTED TRIBUTE: New Plymouth artist Phil Jones works on his Tim Chadwick memorial painting on the Art Wall at Womad.

Popular Taranaki teacher, artist and scooter enthusiast Tim Chadwick was the focus of this year's Womad Art Wall.

Mr Chadwick died in a car accident near Piopio last year, shortly after contributing to the Art Wall at 2010's festival.

"The anniversary was only sort of a couple of days ago so I just thought it fitting," mural organiser and contributor Phil Jones said.

The Inglewood High School teacher had brought a really "good vibe" to the project last year, Jones said.

"He was really stoked with it afterwards. He said `It's just like jazz, we're just improvising jazz'. He was loving it," Jones said.

This year's mural, created by seven Taranaki artists in front of the crowds at the festival, featured a large portrait of Mr Chadwick among other motifs.

Jones said he had selected a diverse array of artists from New Plymouth's small arts community.

In a final tribute to Mr Chadwick, the mural he painted last year was displayed alongside this year's effort. "I really enjoyed Tim's work," Jones said. He had a "very talented Kiwiana style of quirky artwork".

Steve Dixon is a Witt journalism student

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