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8 MARCH - 8 APRIL, 2020


This new body of work is an expression of Jordans interest in psychology, and more specifically the idea of Archetypes within the ‘Collective Unconscious’ - a concept originally defined by psychoanalyst Carl Jung. According to Jung’s teachings, the collective unconscious is common to all human beings and is responsible for a number of deep-seated beliefs and instincts, such as spirituality, sexual behaviour, and life and death instincts. The archetype is a component of the collective unconscious, which can help understand human behaviour and personalties, among other things. Jordan is trying to better understand these ideas by creating a new series of works that explore symbolism, imagery and motifs derived from the Collective unconscious. 

BIO: Jordan Barnes was born and raised in New Plymouth. He is a nationally recognised award winning painter and known to many as an artistic all rounder. Working from his inner-city studio, he is immersed in New Plymouth’s growing community, often finding inspiration for his works through social observations and personal relationships. Well-known for his large-scale oil paintings and hyperrealistic portraits, you will also discover Jordan works in a variety of different mediums and artistic disciplines - Recently finding success in the US as a singer-songwriter, having licensed several songs to Emmy Award winning Fox TV Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Jordan was the recipient of the North Harbour Clear Aimes Youth Award (2001), the NZAAT $15,000 Artist Grant (2010), and completed an artist residency in Wellington (2011). Over the past few years Jordan has found inspiration abroad, having lived and worked in New York (2011, 2014 and 2015), and continues to place amongst the finalists in top national art awards; the Parkin Drawing Awards (2017), the Adam Portrait Awards (2018) Wallace Art Awards (2019) and most recently the 2020 Adam Portrait Awards.