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Artists in Recovery Presents The Great 28: An Art Show by T.K.
February 29 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Alano Club of Portland is honored to host a celebration of Black History Month, featuring The Great 28, a new collection by T.K., and a performance of John Coltrane’s monumental work, A Love Supreme, by a combo led by Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame member Devin Phillips.
The house will be filled with TK’s new collection and catering will be provided by Everybody Eats PDX as we celebrate Black History Month and Artists In Recovery. Food will be served beginning at 5:30PM and all can wander around the house viewing T.K.’s work. Devin and his combo will begin their performance at 7:30PM in the Loft upsairs.
The event is free and all-ages. All are welcome.
As a self-taught artist, T.K. began painting as an outlet during his recovery from alcohol. “I wasn’t able to attend as many meetings as I was going to, so I picked up a paint brush and started talking to a canvas. At first it was just getting my emotions out in color. I would write out what I was feeling and make those emotions look pretty with paint. To me that was a therapy session. Even though nobody was watching or paying attention, in my mind I felt like my feelings were validated now that I could see them on canvas.”
As his newfound passion progressed, Irving began researching different artists and styles. “Most of the great painters are white so it was hard for me to relate to any of them,” says Irving. But then he stumbled upon the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Immediately I felt a connection, with me finding art in recovery and him dying of an overdose. I fell in love with his work and he became my inspiration to create.” Basquiat brought to my attention artists like Warhol, Haring and Banksy. “The whole street art scene was like a surreal feeling — after 28 years I finally found a place that felt like home.”