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Barry Driver Art

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I am an emotionally-inspired abstract artist based in Nelson, New Zealand


See below for details on all aspects of my art practice and history

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Ph: +64 (0)21 022 42429



I consider myself a hobby artist because I'm certainly not in it for profit. I paint simply because I love to paint and I offer my work for sale simply to help cover the costs of painting more - plus I love it when other people love my work too.



For me, art has no meaning without an observer. The art in a painting is not, therefore, in the skills or techniques employed, but in what they capture and how it affects people. For a person to love a painting, it needs to offer a spark to their imagination and be open to their own interpretation, thereby allowing it to become part of them.



2007 - Joined Art Group Nelson

2010 - Gained membership of Nelson Suter Art Society

2011 - First accepted into Auckland's Original Art Sale

2011 - Joined Nelson's Wall To Wall Art (formally Art@203) Collective Gallery

2013 - First accepted into Wellington's New Zealand Art Show

2013 - First accepted into Art Expo Nelson

2014 - Gained representation at ICON Gallery in Upper Moutere (since closed)

2017 - First accepted into the Christchurch Art Show

2017 - Gained representation at Tait Gallery in Hanmer Springs


Solo Exhibitions

2012 - ART@203 - "Boys Don't Cry"

2013 - ART@203 - "That's Me In The Corner"

2014 - ART@203 - "Jump Into The Sun"

2015 - ART@203 - "A Drop In The Ocean / A Diamond In The Sand"

2016 - ART@203 - "Where Trees Play"

2017 - ART@203 - "Open Heart"

2018 - ART@203 - "Hot Cakes"

2019 - Wall To Wall Art - "Alien Artworks From A Distant Galaxy"



My current favoured technique is to apply acrylic paint to glossy photo paper with an old credit card or something similar. I choose such tools over brushes because I find they allow greater freedom of expression. I work quickly in order to achieve a variety of mixing, scraping and layering effects while the paint is still partially wet. I typically start at A1 size, but I often crop to a smaller size to achieve a result I'm happy with. In the past, my default was to frame work behind glass, but I'm now experimenting with mounting it on board under a coat of resin. I also offer limited edition (to 15) prints of selected works.



I haven't included prices on this site, but my largest framed/mounted works are typically around NZ$1000, while my smallest A6 sized works are only NZ$5 in the form of original artwork cards.