Liam Barr :

PROFILE

image of artist Liam Barr

Statement:

Within the land you will find people on it. How we interact, respond and embrace the environment we inhabit in our short existence is ultimately linked to our survival as a whole. The fragility of this existence draws me toward a visual commentary of our species and the sometimes peculiar way I view the world around me. Accumulatively, my work seeks to form a connection between the space of who we are and where we are. Each is a contemplation of thoughtfulness, mindfulness and a tale of ones place within.

Biography:

Liam Barr (b. Scotland 1966) immigrated to New Zealand with family (1974). Barr settled in Perth, WA, where he trained and worked as a graphic designer before returning to New Zealand (2004) to further his art practice. The exploration of people and their peculiarities lies 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 paintings. Marked variations in subject matter are explored between series from his early magic surrealist and tiki inspired works through to historical narrative themed works and more recently toward surreal/realism and contemporary image set. Images draw reference from fiction to subjective fact, weaving stories punctuated with symbolism, iconography, humour and pathos.
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. Commissions from Dame Suzie Moncrieff, NZ Defence Force and art historian Michael R Dunn. 2020 has a retrospective of Barr's work exhibited throughout Wellington streets via Urban Art Foundations initiative to promote NZ art to a wider community. This exhibition extends to Turku, Finland as part of the International Urban Art Exchange where Barr's work will be exhibited in super large scale digital format.

SOLO:

2020 - Still Lives: Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2018 - Tethered: Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
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:

2018 - Auckland Art Fair, Artis Gallery Pavillion, Auckland, NZ
2017 - Our People Our Land, Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2017 - Identification, The Vivian, Matakana, NZ
2017 - Winter Selection, Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2016 - Summer Selection, Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2016 - Imago Mundi Benetton World Art Collection, Treviso, Italy
2016 - Grand Opening, Matthew Namour Gallery, 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 Gallery, 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 NZ 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:

2019 - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ
2018 - Artis Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2018 - The Poi Room, Auckland, NZ
2018 - Boyd Dunlop Gallery, Napier, NZ
2015 - Orion Powerhouse Gallery, Akaroa, NZ
2011 - Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2010 - John Leech Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2010 - Salamander Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
2009 - Little River Gallery, Banks Peninsula, NZ
2009 - Gallery De Novo, Dunedin, NZ
2009 - Williams Gallery, Petone, NZ
2008 - Kapa Gallery, Queenstown, NZ
2008 - Eyeball Kicks, Wellington, NZ
2007 - Moko Gallery, Hot water Beach, Whitianga, NZ
2007 - Kura Gallery, Taupo, NZ
2007 - Ora Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2007 - Tamarillo Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2007 - Maori Art Auction, Shona McFarlane Gallery, Dunedin, NZ
2006 - Emerge Gallery, Wellington, NZ

PUBLIC:

2020 - International Urban Art Exchange (Digital), Nationwide, NZ/Turku, Finland
2020 - 'Retrospective' Urban Art Foundation (Digital), Wellington wide, NZ
2018 - 'KM130' NZ Portrait Gallery, Wellington, NZ
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:

2019 - Art Historian, Michael R. Dunn
2014 - NZ Defence & Veteran Services
2014 - Dame Suzie Moncrieff - (World of Wearable Arts)

COMPETITIONS/AWARDS:

2017 - Parkin Drawing Prize, Wellington. NZ - Finalist
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:

2019 - Art New Zealand Magazine - No.163, Article by Michael R. Dunn
2018 - Journal Magazine - Edition 3. NZ
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:

2020 - Practical Drawing Technique, Yr2 Design, Toi Whakaari, Wellington
2019 - Practical Drawing Technique, Yr2 Design, Toi Whakaari, Wellington
2019 - 5 Day Workshop - The Magic Realism of Portraiture, CEAC - Auckland
2018 - Drawing Technique, Yr2 Design, Toi Whakaari, Wellington
2017 - 5 Day Workshop - The Magic Realism of Portraiture, CEAC - Auckland
2015 - Drawing Intensive, Yr2 Design, Toi Whakaari, Wellington
2014 - Drawing Intensive, Yr2 Design, Toi Whakaari, Wellington

TRAINING:

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