Barber
Kathy

Born in Palmerston North in 1965, Kathy Barber now lives and works in Auckland. Barber has regularly exhibited in New Zealand and Australia since 2000, and is represented in private collections throughout New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne and London.

Kathy Barber's paintings develop out of landscape, language, thoughts and emotions. In her more recent work, Barber entwines an abstract set of gestural marks with calligraphic letterforms to create representations of thoughts, forming entangled structures that are curling and complex, delicate and dense. Thoughts, these works suggest, are like intricate knots, their logic fine but elusive.

Barber's ability to show light as if shining from a celestial window, or flickering through water gives her paintings a special quality. Slowly and meticulously executed, the transparent glazes she uses create images that hover between the known and the imagined.

Yugen

21 June - 16 July 2016

Barber's Yugen paintings are a response to place. As a dedicated abstractionist, her success lies in control of surface effects and layers that hint at conversations barely heard.

undercurrent

26 August - 13 September 2014

In Undercurrent, we see a return to tonal blocks of colour, reminiscent of water, sky and the timeworn rock of a harsh climate, where the conversations are painted away, like light breaking through the canvas.

melancholia

7 - 25 May 2013

Melancholia is Barber's eighth solo show, presenting works each as different as the light or feelings they depict. Slowly and meticulously executed, the transparent glazes she uses create images that hover between the known and the imagined.

Chinese Whispers

12 Feburary 2012 - 6 March 2012

Mimicking chinese whispers, Barber allows her paintings to change, develop, run, to become abstract, to flow into one another as conversations, the original thoughts lost, buried of necessity within the overall images.

reading between the lines

7 - 25 September 2010

Barber's first solo exhibition at Orexart reflected the spareness of her former work, with a livelier and more expressive approach. Her personal lexicography of non-linguistic writing seem to free flow as if spontaneous, as they intersect, fold, circle and connect to clusters of bold roman characters.

Naoshima Pier, 2016. Acrylic and oil glaze on linen 1200 x 950mm

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Kadoyo, 2016. Acrylic and oil glaze on linen 1200 x 950mm

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Shou Sugi Ban, 2016. Acrylic and oil glaze on linen 1200 x 950mm

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Aka, 2016. Acrylic and oil glaze on board 350 x 400mm

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Momento, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen 1100 x 1000mm

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Listen, 2013. Acrylic & oil varnish on museum board 1000 x 750mm

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Keepsake, 2013. Acrylic and oil varnish on museumboard 1000 x 750mm

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Melancholia, 2013. Acrylic and oil varnish on linen 1200 x 1200mm

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Promise, 2013. Acrylic and oil varnish on museumboard 1000 x 750mm

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Flume, 2014. Acrylic & oil on linen 1400 x 1100mm

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Black Water, 2015. Acrylic and oil glaze on linen 1200 x 950mm

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Standing Right Beside Me, 2010. Acrylic & oil on linen 1600 x 1200mm

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