Gareth Barlow

Gareth Barlow artworks hanging at Parnell Gallery

Gareth Barlow is a contemporary New Zealand artist living in Sydney, Australia.

Expressed through a deep reverence for the tangata whenua of Aotearoa, Barlow works primarily with a blend of acrylics and charcoals to evoke an ephemeral and transcended quality to the structure of his large-scale portraits and symbolic compositions featuring native New Zealand birds and waka.

Of his practice, Barlow comments, “I sometimes feel that on anyone’s art journey, if you don’t have more questions than answers, you’re not on the right path.” This statement rings true to anyone engaging in subject matter that is considered living taonga; Barlow interrogates this intersectionality and determines that he happily exits somewhere in the in-between, traversing the relational space between Pākehā and Māori worlds.

Also an established carver, Barlow’s work has been displayed at various museums throughout New Zealand including Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Museum To tatou Tamaki Makaurau, and Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa. Today his carvings are predominantly commissioned privately as family taonga, traditional treasures representing past ancestors designed to be passed down from generation to generation.

Having spent his childhood and most of his adult life in Hutt Valley, Wellington; the artist currently resides across the Tasman, however his contemporary art practice never strays too far from his homeland of Aotearoa New Zealand. Barlow’s career to date has garnered impressive accolades, including becoming a finalist in the revered Wallace Art Awards in 2020. In 2018 he was named runner-up for the People’s Choice award at the Adam Portraiture Awards, and went on to place 3rd in the category in 2020. Barlow then gained a merit award as well as winning the People’s Choice award at the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize for The Resurrection of Kahungunu. His work appears in collections in New Zealand, Australia, and further afield in Europe and North America.

Parnell Gallery has represented Gareth Barlow since 2021.


Gareth Barlow maori art limited edition print of Thalia New Zealand