Welcome to the home of multimedia artist, filmmaker and farmer – Gaylene Barnes.

Excavations in sacred crafts, moving image and geometry. Cultivating a contemporary lexicon (of archetypes) in painting + positive spiritual and emotional transformations through moving image + heritage vegetable farming that respects dynamic nature.

I have a multi-disciplinary practice that seeks to create resonate images and symbols of dynamic nature, divine truth and goodness.

Painting on gesso board, with egg tempera or oil bond, and burnished 23.5c water-gilding. Using the four elements of earthly matter – an ecological and meditative artform. Should last 1000’s of years.

Filmmaking that seeks to reveal, expose, enlighten and transform. Moving image, sound and music manifestations. Hybrid documentary/scripted dramas. Should last as long as technology does.

Farming because we can all be famers, for another millenia, hopefully. 🙂



Gaylene Barnes CV NOV 2017
1988 ART: Southland Young Contemporary of the Year – Award Winner
1991 VIDEO: Otago Polytechnic School of Art – Graduate Exhibition
1993 FILM: ‘Salome’ – Video Art
1993 VIDEO ART: ‘Black Umbrella’ – Zenith Cafe
1995 CD-ROM: ‘Prison of Infinite Space’ – Dunedin Public Art Gallery
1996 WRITING: ‘Laura Paints’ – Globe Theatre – Theatrical Play
2002 FILM: ‘RollCall’ – NZ Music Video Awards – Music Video
2003 FILM: ‘Holes of History’ – Wellington Fringe Film Festival – Short Film
2005 FILM: ‘Mothers Day’ – Wellington Fringe Film Festival – Short Film
2011 FILM: ‘The Midwife Man’ – TVNZ
2012 FILM: ‘Mobile Meat Unit’ – New Zealand International Film Festival – Short Film
2013 ART: ‘The Heart of Sacred Art’ – Sacred Heart Church, Addington
2014 ART: In Miniatures – The Tin Palace, Lyttelton
2015 ART: Earthquakes and Butterflies Book Launch – Addington Hall
2016 FILM: ‘Hikoi’ – Down By the Liffy, Lincoln
2016 ART: In Miniatures – Oxford Street Gallery, Lyttelton
2017 FILM: ‘Seven Rivers Walking’ – NZIFF – Feature Film

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
Gaylene A. Barnes


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