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Liam Barr is a leading contemporary New Zealand artist. A recurring theme in Barr’s work is the idea of symbolism reflecting an aura of pathos, displacement and insight into contemporary New Zealand life.

Barr’s finely honed skills communicate with delicacy, compassion and perception aspects of the human condition. With a breath of irony his works delve into more serious concerns of spirituality, morality, the environment and one’s role in life.

Liam Barr emigrated from Scotland 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. This is expressed through meticulous attention to form and structure within the development of his subjects. 

ARTIS Gallery has represented Liam Barr since 2012 and he has held three exhibitions at ARTIS – the most recent being ‘Tethered’, in September 2018. 


2018 – Tethered, Artis Gallery, Auckland
2016 – Avian, Artis Gallery, Auckland
2014 – Lore & Behold, Artis Gallery, Auckland

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS 2019 – Strange & Memorable, Michael Dunn, Art New Zealand, Autumn 2019 2018 – Journal Magazine – Edition 3. NZ 2017 – Miroir Magazine – Legend. USA 2016 – Making Sense of a small state, Peter Cleave. Campus Press, NZ 2016 – BloPop Magazine – Vol.2, Luciano Martinez, Spain 2015 – The Encyclopedia of Fernal Affairs, Liba W. Stambollion, France 2015 – Eclectix – interview 58, USA 2013 – Hey Magazine #13, Ankama Editions, France 2012 – Devining the Dream, Liba W. Stambollion, France 2008 – NZ Herald 20/9/08, Raise a glass to the small things, T.J. McNamara, NZ 2008 – Artnews – Spring 08, Excursions into Grand-Land, NZ 2007 – Auckland Herald 9/8/07, Arts editors pick of the week, T.J. McNamara, NZ 2007 – NZ Favourite Artists 2, Denis Robinson, NZ


1992 – 1994 Diploma (dist.) Perth Metropolitan College of Art & Design, Perth W.A.


2014 New Zealand Defence & Veteran Services :
Liam 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 was presented prior to ANZAC Day April 2014.


2018 – Tethered, Artis Gallery, Auckland
2016 – Avian, Artis Gallery, Auckland
2014 – Lore & Behold, Artis Gallery, Auckland
2011 – Pakeha, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
2008 – Grand-Land, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
2007 – Hei Tiki – Hi Mate, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland
2003 – Adrift – Journeys To The Other Me, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, W.A.


2014 – ‘Scape’ Whakatane Art Museum, Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi, NZ
2009 – ‘Mind Games, An Exhibition of Surrealism in Aotearoa’ Hastings City Art Gallery, NZ
2007 – ‘Tears For Tane’s Children’, Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei, NZ


2015 – Wallace Art Awards, Finalist, Auckland. NZ – Finalist
2012 – Molly Morpeth Canaday Award, Whakatane Community Arts Council, Whakatane, NZ – Finalist
2010 – Adam Portraiture Award, NZ Portrait Gallery, Wellington, NZ – Finalist
2008 – Waikato Painting & Printmaking Award, WSA, Hamilton, NZ – Finalist
2007 – Wallace Art Awards, Auckland. NZ – Finalist
2005 – Martin Hughes Pacific Art Award, MHG. Auckland. NZ