Artwork Description / Detail
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 artistic career.
The exploration of folk, history 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. His work depict all manner of situations and character types, from his early magic surrealist pieces ‘Adrift‘ to the tiki inspired works ‘Hei Tiki-Hi Mate‘ / ‘GrandLand‘ to the pioneer themed works of ‘Pakeha‘ / ‘Lore & Behold‘. Images draw reference from fiction to subjective fact, weaving stories punctuated with symbolism, iconography, humour and pathos.
In July 2013 Barr accepted a commission by the NZ Defence Force Veteran Services to create an artwork to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. As a result he had the privilege of accompanying thirty NZDF veterans and personnel on a trip to South Korea. His experiences in South Korea culminated in a painting that became part of the NZDF art collection and it was presented prior to ANZAC Day April 2014.
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.