Liz Barker – Born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1977.
Liz lives and works in Byron Bay, New South Wales.
Liz Barker is an Australian artist working predominantly with acrylics and mixed media on canvas.
Liz’s art adventures began in 1995, during her studies at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Intermedia. Movement and change has always been the focus of her work, and in those early years Liz’s practice was inspired greatly by travel and adventure. After university she spent many years travelling, gathering stimulation through photographs, drawings, and life experience.
In 1999 Liz moved to Bangkok and started an artists’ cooperative, based around her studio/gallery, where she lived, worked and exhibited. She traveled extensively in the region, and curated and exhibited in a number of exhibitions during this time, including her first solo show.
She returned to Australia in 2001 to prepare for her first Australian solo show, for which she received an Arts Queensland Grant.
These days Liz’s artistic inspiration is derived from the cyclical rhythms of nature, both human and environmental. She finds unending inspiration in the diversity and movements of local beaches, natural waterways, bush lands, landscapes and people in the Byron Bay region, where she has recently settled.
Her latest body of work is drawn quite directly from the Belongil Creek where she lives. Liz has been working on a series of creek dippings. Where, using her canvas, the creek surface and a method of relief printmaking, she captures the myriad of different floating surface qualities of the tidal waters directly onto her canvas.
One of these subtle but striking works was awarded FIRST PRIZE at the ocean shores Art Expo in 2013
1997 – Bachelor of Fine Arts at Queensland College of Art, Majoring in Intermedia.
Prizes and Awards
2013 – FIRST PRIZE for Mixed Media at Ocean Shores Art Expo
1999 – narm sia, sia narm, Soi 8 Gallery, Bangkok
2001 – transient, Pop up Gallery in an old church hall, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. (funded by Arts Queensland)
2015 – Byron Arts Classic 2015, Byron Bay
2014 – The Border Art Prize 2014, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2014 – Ocean Shores Art Expo, Ocean Shores Public School, Byron Bay Region
2014 – Byron Arts Classic 2014, Byron Bay
2013 – The Border Art Prize 2013, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast
2013 – Ocean Shores Art Expo, Ocean Shores Public School, Byron Bay Region
2013 – Viva La Femme, Lust For Life Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
2013 – elephant, water, tango, Lust for Life Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
2013 – artworks by belongil beach, The Dune Room, Belongil Beach, Byron Bay
2013 – Byron Arts Classic 2013, Byron Bay
2012 – The Border Art Prize 2012, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2012 – belongil art walk, In Artists Studio, Belongil Creek, Byron Bay
2003 – village life, On the Rocks Gallery, Tonsai Beach, Krabi, Thailand
2003 – world photography, On the Rocks Gallery, Tonsai Beach, Krabi, Thailand
2000 – implosion, Bat Poo Cave (Than Kan Khao), Krabi, Thailand
1999 – recline, Soi 8 Gallery, Bangkok
1998 – macro parts, Metro Gallery, Brisbane CBD
1997 – group exhibition, The Hub, Brisbane CBD
1997 – free education, IMA, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
1997 – epoch, IMA, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane