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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.
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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. Read Less
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