James Cousins and Simon Ingram are included in the Auckland Art Gallery's exhibition Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show curated by Natasha Conland (28 November - 4 April 2016).
Responding to the question 'What can painting offer that other art forms cannot?', the artworks selected and commissioned for this survey share a focus on material and form, and are deliberately open ended.
Through suggestion and proposition, the artists invite us into conversations that, rather than being constrained by the ties of narrative painting, are speculative and forward-looking. Necessary Distraction features diverse work by 20 established and emerging painters and offering a glimpse into a future for painting that's still in the making.
Please visit the Auckland Art Gallery's website for more details.