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Michael Barker is an established artist living on the slopes of Te Aroha Mountain in the Hauraki District. His home, named 'Te Mara', which he shares with his wife Judy, is positioned in protected native bush 300 metres above the township of Te Aroha. Inspired by his surroundings Michael’s work is underpinned by the unshakeable philosophy ‘natura est magister’ that ‘nature is the teacher’.
Michael specialises in using oil, pencil, pen and watercolour. This has allowed an expression in a variety of textures, colour and size enabling him to produce photo-realistic effects. It also allows detail and colour to be combined with more subtle results such as with his historic renderings of bullock and horse-drawn teams and his animal studies as well as portraits. Presently, among other interests, Michael is focussing on artistic expressions on ANZAC themes for WW1 commemorations next year in conjunction with Watercolour New Zealand. He also continues his fascination with 'Tolkien inspired' themes.
AwardsMichael has exhibited at the Inspirit Gallery, Tamahere and the Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville and is a past winner of the George Harrison Art Award in Tauranga and the Premier Waimarino Art Award. In 2014 he received Merit awards at the Royal Auckland Easter Show, and at the Hibiscus Coast and Bays Art Awards in Orewa. In September 2014 he was awarded the Supreme winner's prize at the Franklin Arts Festival in Pukekohe with a watercolour entitled 'Viridios', and in October, received the TSB Community Trust painting award at the Taranaki National Art Awards in Opunake with the oil, 'Towards the Shire'. In 2017 'Hope Rising' won Watercolour New Zealand Supreme Award.
Michael continues to develop both as a full-time professional artist and as a teacher.
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