Andrew Barber is a New Zealand artist born in Tamaki Makarau, Auckland. Barber’s diverse painting practice is connected by an interest in light, used both as subject matter – orchestrated on the surface as hazy skyscape, diffused and shifting through the changing colours of his striped canvasses – or, in his patchwork paintings, deployed as an external influence. Originally devised as a practical solution to enable the construction of bigger paintings, the patchworked canvasses are unpainted, leaving a surface textured by seams and contrasting grains of fabric that refract that artwork’s surroundings.
Recent solo exhibitions include 'Folly (stone carpet)', Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2017, 'The small work is to the Painter, as costly as the large', Goya Curtain, Tokyo, 2017, and 'Earth, Wind and Fire, Knock on Wood', Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, 2013. His work is held in private collections, and public collections including the National Collection at Te Papa, and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.