The art of Chris Knox. Photo supplied.
New Zealand music legend Chris Knox is back painting
again, after a debilitating stroke five years ago and
supporters now hope to release a book of his distinctive art.
Knox, who was born in Invercargill, burst on to the New
Zealand music scene as the livewire frontman of influential
Dunedin bands the Enemy and Toy Love.
He carved out a three-decade-long career as a musician -
including as a solo artist and with the Tall Dwarfs, while
also working as a cartoonist, writer and reviewer.
Illustrator and designer Chris Mousdale, of Auckland, first
met Knox in the mid-1980s and was honoured to be asked to
compile the book, titled Grafix Knox - the Graphic Art of
Chris Knox, 1965-2014.
Knox's work included graphic contributions for The
Listener, The New Zealand Herald and Real Groove
magazine, record covers, posters, advertising material and
Since the 2009 stroke, he had taught himself to paint with
his left hand, and had completed about 30 paintings which
might be exhibited in the future, he said.
''They are all about the stroke, and the seizures that he
However, it was apparent Knox was missing ''being seen and
heard as an artist'', he said.
''All his life he has made stuff ... and he just thinks
people are forgetting him and that is really hard,'' Mr
''But this is not why we are doing the book; we are doing it
because it is an incredible body of work.''
Mr Mousdale was surprised the book project, which had support
from a publisher, was turned down by Creative New Zealand
with no explanation.
Instead, his backers had turned to Beatnik Publishing.
They were now crowd-sourcing the $50,000 via the website
Fundnation.co.nz and $10,000 had been raised to date, Mr
Supporters were able to pledge amounts from $10 to $10,000.
A $60 pledge secures a first-edition copy of the book.
Proceeds would go towards supporting Knox, who could answer
yes and no questions, and remained determined to continue as
''His spirit is amazing,'' Mr Mousdale said.