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Barker, Michael

Address: 196 Tui Road, Te Aroha 3392
Phone: 07 212 3773 | Mobile: 027 428 5053
Website: www.michaelbarker.co.nz

Michael Barker is an established artist living on the slopes of Te Aroha Mountain in the Hauraki District.

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, used with both his animal studies and portraits.

AWARDS

Michael has exhibited widely through out New Zealand and is a past winner of the George Harrison Art Award in Tauranga and twice winner of the Waimarino Premier Art Award. In 2014 he was awarded the Supreme winner's prize at the Franklin Arts Festival in Pukekohe. In October 2014, he received the TSB Community Trust painting award with an oil 'Towards the Shire' at the Taranaki National Art Awards. In 2016 was awarded the Gordon Harris Prize for innovation in watercolour at Watercolour New Zealand's annual exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington. In 2016 he won the Doris McMiken Prize for Watercolour for 'Hope Rising' and in October 2017 he was awarded the Supreme winner's prize for the same work. Currently, he is exhibiting at the Great War Exhibition in Wellington as a part of ongoing national WWI commemorations and continues to teach and exhibit widely.

Read more about Michael

Featured:

  • Hope Rising
  • The Blood Rose
  • The Green Rose
  • In Praise of Common Valour
  • Sheeba
  • Study of a New Zealand Falcon

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