Tom Barter

Tom Barter Rangitoto - Small


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Tom Barter is an Auckland based artist who works in the mediums of glass and ceramic, his work typically explores themes of flora, fauna and local landscape.

Tom Barter is well known for his free-standing silhouettes of the Auckland natural icon- Rangitoto. These pieces are created in high quality cast glass incorporating subtle flax textures impressed on the surface. Rangitoto Island is a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland. Rangitoto was formed by a series of eruptions commencing at least 6000 years ago. The 5.5 km wide island is an iconic and widely visible landmark of Auckland. Its distinctive symmetrical form makes it a popular subject matter for artists to depict. Beyond its unique physical form, a number of Māori myths exist surrounding the island, leading the island to become a symbol of the historical memory of the local Māori iwi (tribes).

Tom Barter exhibits his work in select galleries in New Zealand has regularly completes public commissions for outdoor sculpture. He has also been active in teaching and currently is the Visual Arts Teacher at Saint Kentigern Boys’ school in Auckland.