Art Studio & Gallery: Upper Room, St. John’s Anglican Church, Woolston.
Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm, Wed – Sat

Gaylene Anne Barnes (Christchurch, NZ) has a multi-disciplinary practice as a painter and filmmaker. She explores nature, science, and soul with reference to wisdom and spiritual traditions. Her egg tempera and watercolour paintings build on the technique of sacred iconography. Here the ‘image’ is from the transfiguration; it is the light in the divine and material realms.

Gaylene is an organic farmer, fermenter and herbalist – thus she grows, grounds, infuses and distills many of her paints and mediums from scratch – using the elements of animal, vegetable, and mineral in a conscious manner. Whilst many of her works are contemporary iconography, she also works in the non-objective space. Her recent study of sacred geometry – of the ancient philosophers and Islamic art – have been a major inspiration.

Gaylene has been creating works using words or images, moving or meditative, ever since she won the coveted Southland Young Contemporary of the Year Award in 1988. Since then Gaylene has been nominated for awards in film design and film editing. She has had her short films screened internationally in film festivals from Sydney to Berlin to Alaska. Her recent feature film, on the nature of our precious rivers, “Seven Rivers Walking’ screened nationally to large audiences with wide reviews. She has completed painting commissions for international and local patrons, and has exhibited in Christchurch and Nelson, New Zealand.


2019 Origins – Solo Exhibition, Atelier Studio Gallery, Nelson
2018 Inangahua Gold Launch – Sacred Heart Addington Church Hall
2018 Downscale – Atelier Studio Gallery, Nelson
2018 Earthquakes and Butterflies Two-Person Show – Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch
2018 Works on Paper – Atelier Studio Gallery, Nelson
2017 ‘Seven Rivers Walking’ Feature Film – NZIFF, Lady Isaac Theatre
2016  In Miniatures – Oxford Street Gallery, Lyttelton
2016  ‘Hikoi’ – Down By the Liffy, Lincoln
2015  Spirits and Cracks – Two-Person Show, Addington Church Hall
2014  In Miniatures – The Tin Palace, Lyttelton
2013  The Heart of Sacred Art – Sacred Heart Church, Addington
2012 ‘Mobile Unit’ Short Film – New Zealand International Film Festival, and others.
2005 ‘Mothers Day’ Short Film – Wellington Fringe Film Festival
2003 ‘Holes of History’ Short Film – Wellington Fringe Film Festival
2002 ‘RollCall’ Music Video – NZ Music Video Awards, Wellington
1996 ‘Laura Paints’ Stage Play – Globe Theatre, Dunedin
1995 ‘Prison of Infinite Space’ Multimedia Installation – Dunedin Public Art Gallery
1993 ‘Black Umbrella’ Multimedia – Zenith Cafe
1993 ‘Salome’ Video Art – Sammy’s Nightclub
1991 Otago Polytechnic School of Art – Graduate Exhibition
1988 Southland Young Contemporary of the Year – Award Winner

Bachelor of Arts – Art History, English and Film, 1996
University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ

Diploma in Fine Arts – Computer Art, 1991
Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, NZ

Christchurch, New Zealand
Kia Ora

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