Artwork Description / Detail
Liam Barr has been represented in ARTIS since 2012 and has exhibited with ARTIS at the Auckland Art Fair 2016 and held two successful solo exhibitions – ‘Lore & Behold’ in 2014 and ‘Avian’ in 2016. A recurring theme in Barr’s work is the idea of symbolism reflecting insights into contemporary New Zealand life.
On his latest series of work Barr states:
‘I have always been drawn to the horse, perhaps because I was born in the year of the horse or perhaps it’s just their sheer magnificence. This beast known for its athleticism, strength and intelligence is emblematic of all that is majestic, free and pure. In this series of portraits, I am exploring the idea of taking these statuesque and by nature ‘free’ beasts from their natural environment and placing them within our own domestic worlds as ‘things we own’. Alongside this and underneath much of my work I am interested in human longing and the multivarious ways that can play out.
What drives us to possess wild creatures? Is it that we long for these attributes in ourselves? This eclectic group of people and their horses offer us different takes on these questions’. – Liam Barr