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Michael Barker


Michael Barker is an established artist living on the slopes of Te Aroha Mountain in the Hauraki District. His home, 'Te Mara', which he shares with his wife Judy, is positioned in protected native bush 300 metres above the township of Te Aroha.

Inspired by his surroundings, Michael’s work is underpinned by the unshakeable philosophy natura est magister, that 'nature is the teacher’.

Michael specialises in oil, pencil, pen and watercolour. This allows expression in a variety of textures, colour and size, enabling him to produce photo-realistic effects. It also allows him to combine detail and colour with more subtle results such as with his historic renderings of bullock and horse-drawn teams and his animal studies as well as portraits.

Among other interests, Michael is focusing on ANZAC themes for WW1 commemorations in conjunction with Watercolour New Zealand. He also continues his fascination with Tolkien-inspired themes.

Michael has exhibited at the Inspirit Gallery, Tamahere, and the Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville. He is a past winner of the George Harrison Art Award in Tauranga and the Premier Waimarino Art Award. In 2014 he received Merit awards at the Royal Auckland Easter Show, and at the Hibiscus Coast and Bays Art Awards in Orewa. In September 2014 he was awarded the Supreme winner's prize at the Franklin Arts Festival in Pukekohe for the watercolour Viridios, and in October received the TSB Community Trust painting award at the Taranaki National Art Awards in Opunake with the oil Towards the Shire.

Michael continues to develop both as a full-time professional artist and as a teacher.

See further work at www.michaelbarker.co.nz and www.facebook.com/michaelbarkertheartist

Contact Michael about his work:

              Tel: 07 212 3773

              Mob: 027 4285053

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