Liam Barr : Bibliography and profile

PROFILE

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Liam Barr was born in Scotland in 1966 and immigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1974. Following a period of travel overseas, Barr settled in Perth, Western Australia, where he trained and worked as a graphic designer before returning to New Zealand in 2004 to further develop his art practice.
The exploration of folk, circumstance and the peculiarities therein is at the essence of Barr's work and he continues to define this experience expressed through meticulous attention to form and structure within the development of his subjects. These narrative works depict all manner of situations and character types, from his early magic surrealist pieces 'Adrift' to the tiki inspired works 'Hei Tiki-Hi Mate' and 'GrandLand' to the pioneer themed works of 'Pakeha' and 'Lore & Behold'. Images draw reference from fiction to subjective fact, weaving stories punctuated with symbolism, iconography and impart a historical essence contextualized in a contemporary fashion.
Barr's latest show titled 'Avian' displays a pared back image set and explores a duality of relationship with the native avian species of N.Z. Barr suggests a bi-nature effect in character trait and circumstance and edeavours to communicate to a spiritual connectedness inherent within the forgotten DNA strands of mankind.
Barr's paintings have been shown in public exhibitions - 'Scape' Whakatane Art Museum, 'Tears For Tane's Children' Whangarei Art Museum and 'Mind Games, An Exhibition of Surrealism in Aotearoa' Hastings City Art Gallery.
In 2013, NZ Defence Force Veteran Services commissioned Liam to create a painting commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice where he accompanied 30 veterans and personnel to South Korea. His painting became part of the NZDF art collection.

SOLO:

2016 - Avian: Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2014 - Lore & Behold: Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2011 - Pakeha: John Leech Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2008 - Grand-Land: Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2007 - Hei Tiki - Hi Mate: Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2003 - Adrift - Journeys To The Other Me: Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, W.A.

GROUP:

2016 - Summer Selection, Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2016 - Imago Mundi Benetton World Art Collection, Treviso, Italy
2016 - Grand Opening, Matthew Namour Galery,Montreal, Canada
2016 - Winter Show, Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2016 - Auckland Art Fair, Artis Gallery Pavillion, Auckland, NZ
2015 - Xmas Exhibition, PG Gallery 192, Christchurch, NZ
2015 - Winter Exhibition, Jonathan Grant Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2014 - Égrégore, The Zenith of Pop Surrealism, Yves Laroche Galerie D'art, Montréal, Canada
2014 - Our People Our Land, Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2014 - Spring Thing, Chambers 241, Chch, NZ
2014 - Easter Show, Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2013 - Auckland Art Fair, Artis Gallery Pavillion, Auckland, NZ
2012 - Xmas Show, Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2012 - BNZ Industry Show, via Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2012 - Arthouse, Ronald MacDonald House Collection initiative, NZAFA, Wellington, NZ
2012 - Women - NZAFA, Wellington, NZ
2010 - Capturing the Colony, Little River Gallery, Banks Peninsula, NZ
2010 - 20 N.Z. Artists, Williams Gallery, Petone, NZ
2009 - Christmas Show, Williams Gallery, Petone, NZ
2009 - Christmas Show, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
2009 - Here they come, there they go, here we are. Little River Gallery, Banks Peninsula, NZ
2009 - Auckland Art Fair, Warwick Henderson Gallery Pavillion, Auckland, NZ
2009 - Autumn Catalogue,Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2009 - Real and Unreal - An Exhibition of New Zealand Surrealists, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2008 - Summer Catalogue, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2007 - Tears for Tane’s Children, Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei, NZ
2007 - Affordable Art Show, Wellington, NZ
2006 - Winter Group Show, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2006 - Emerge Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2006 - Affordable Art Show, Wellington, NZ
2005 - Banks Peninsula Art Auction, Lyttelton, NZ
2005 - Allegory Art Galley, Christchurch, NZ
2004 - Le Strange Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
2004 - Fishers Fine Arts, Christchurch, NZ
1992 - Lyttelton Council Chambers, Lyttelton, NZ.

EDITIONS:

2015 - Orion Powerhouse Gallery, Akaroa, NZ
2011-12 - Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2010-12 - John Leech Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2010-11 - Salamander Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
2009-13 - Little River Gallery, Banks Peninsula, NZ
2009-13 - Gallery De Novo, Dunedin, NZ
2009-11 - Williams Gallery, Petone, NZ
2008-09 - Kapa Gallery, Queenstown, NZ
2008-09 - Eyeball Kicks, Wellington, NZ
2007-07 - Moko Gallery, Hot water Beach, Whitianga, NZ
2007-11 - Kura Gallery, Taupo, NZ
2007-13 - Ora Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2007-07 - Tamarillo Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2007-07 - Maori Art Auction, Shona McFarlane Gallery, Dunedin, NZ
2006-06 - Emerge Gallery, Wellington, NZ

PUBLIC:

2014 - 'Scape' Whakatane Art Museum, Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi, NZ
2009 - 'Mind Games, An Exhibition of Surrealism in Aotearoa' Hastings City Art Gallery, NZ
2007 - 'Tears For Tane’s Children', Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei, NZ

COMMISSIONS:

2014 - NZ Defence & Veteran Services
2014 - Dame Suzie Moncrieff - (World of Wearable Arts)

COMPETITIONS/AWARDS:

2015 - Wallace Art Awards, Finalist, Auckland. NZ - Finalist
2012 - Molly Morpeth Canaday Award, Whakatane Community Arts Council, Whakatane, NZ - Finalist
2010 - Adam Portraiture Award, NZ Portrait Gallery, Wellington, NZ - Finalist
2008 - Waikato Painting & Printmaking Award, WSA, Hamilton, NZ - Finalist
2007 - Wallace Art Awards, Auckland. NZ - Finalist
2005 - Martin Hughes Pacific Art Award, MHG. Auckland. NZ

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

2017 - Miroir Magazine - Legend. USA
2016 - Making Sense of a small state, Peter Cleave. Campus Press, NZ
2016 - BloPop Magazine - Vol.2, Luciano Martinez, Spain
2015 - The Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs, Liba W. Stambollion, France
2015 - Eclectix - interview 58, USA
2013 - Hey Magazine #13, Ankama Editions, France
2012 - Devining the Dream, Liba W. Stambollion, France
2008 - NZ Herald 20/9/08, Raise a glass to the small things, T.J. McNamara, NZ
2008 - Artnews - Spring 08, Excursions into Grand-Land, NZ
2007 - Auckland Herald 9/8/07, Arts editors pick of the week, T.J. McNamara, NZ
2007 - NZ Favourite Artists 2, Denis Robinson, NZ

Tutoring:

2014 - Drawing Intensive, Yr2 Design, Toi Whakaari, Wellington
2015 - Drawing Intensive, Yr2 Design, Toi Whakaari, Wellington
2017 - 5 Day Workshop - The Magic Realism of Portraiture, CEAC - Auckland

TRAINING:

1992 - 1994 Diploma (dist.) Perth Metropolitan College of Art & Design, Perth W.A.