Mikaara – A Distant Calling
Acrylic on Canvas
1900 x 1600 mm
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.