Jimi Hendrix still turns heads
Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix was the inspiration behind a piece on display at the Youth Week Art Competition and Exhibition in Timaru this week.
South Canterbury Community College retail student Reon Chiles' piece, called Jimmy, was a head-turner at the exhibition opening held in the Timaru District Council chambers on Monday night.
The image portrayed Hendrix "just unleashing the music", Mr Chiles said. "I just wanted something really colourful and different.
"Originally I just wanted to do a painting of Jimi Hendrix, and then I thought let's just make it a blur and make it really out there."
It took him five hours to complete, where normally a piece would take him two days.
"I just really got into it."
He had dabbled in art over the years, but this was definitely his favourite piece so far, he said.
Eighty-five pieces were on display at the exhibition, featuring a number of different styles, including acrylics, mixed-media and charcoal.
Organiser Kirsty Henderson said students from Timaru's training providers and high schools had participated. The exhibition was open to all young people aged between 12 and 24.
As well as the opening, four awards were presented on Monday night in different categories – 2-D, 3-D, electronic media and people's choice.
The electronic award was won by Steven Bell for his photography piece Reach Out. The 3-D section was won by Abigail Kempf for her piece Death Trap, and the 2-D award was won by Aoraki Alternative Education students for their mixed-media piece Koru.
The exhibition ran from Tuesday to Thursday.
The Timaru Herald