© Gareth Barlow 2018

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Life is a precious treasure

My name is Gareth Barlow. I was born and grew up in the Hutt Valley of Wellington, New Zealand. My art reflects the love of the culture I was surrounded by my entire life. Through family, friends, neighbours and teachers, I was encouraged to follow a journey of discovery and connection, a journey now expressed through my work. 

 

After years of exhibiting in some of New Zealand’s most prestigious museums and galleries, I now specialise in private commissioned taonga imbued with personalised kaupapa for Iwi, whanau and individuals. 

 

All my work is hinged on an overarching kaupapa inspired by the Te Arawa proverb:

Taketake ki te whenua, o tuawhakarere, o naianei, me ngā whakamua ka kotahi te hīkoi.
 

In this land past, present and future move as one. 

 

Mauriora.